Red Hook has undergone a lot of changes in the last few years. We have a joke about the neighborhood restaurants: that it’s great to live in Red Hook because each summer we get a whole new batch to choose from!
It’s not exactly true, many have survived, but many have not. Red Hook attracts most of it’s visitors in the summertime, and a lot of business’ seem to get stuck in the winter and not make it through.
Nothing could be farther from the truth for the Red Hook Lobster Pound. Innovative thinking has kept them going strong, and even expanding, since their grand opening on Van Brunt Street in 2009. They adjust their hours for the current season, have opened a branch in D.C., sell lobster rolls at most flea markets throughout the borough, and have a mobile food truck. They have also expanded the store: originally you could only buy live lobsters; now they have a separate seating section, lobster rolls, cooked lobster dinners, lobster and shrimp bisque, whoopie pies and more. AND you can still buy live lobster. And not just live lobster: fresh Maine live lobster. That’s right, they drive to Maine twice a week in the middle of the night and buy their lobsters straight from the fishermen in Kittery.
That probably has something to do with why they’re kicking such butt. Way to go, Red Hook Lobster Pound. We salute you!