LEXINGTON, Ky. (8/12/13)—Seven weeks ago, the taste of Maine was brought to downtown Lexington. The new buzz around town is Clawdaddy’s, a new seafood restaurant featuring lobster rolls that rock and sustainable shellfish all the way from Maine.
“In New England, particularly in Maine, lobster shacks are everywhere,” said Tom Rogers, owner of Clawdaddy’s. “They depend on wonderful product served in a relatively simple and casual way, which is what we are doing right here in Lexington.”
Located at 128 N. Broadway, the ‘lobster shack’ has a variety of different foods. The famous lobster roll can be served with clam chowder, Manhattan clam chowder, or spicy shrimp and roasted corn chowder. Also available are homemade blueberry and whoopee pies and homemade coleslaw, which is made fresh everyday. Special sodas and craft beers from Maine are available for purchase as well as wine by the glass.
“We are trying to make it a classy experience for everyone,” said Rogers. “So far, Lexington seems to really be liking what we are doing.”
Originally from New York, Rogers and his wife have lived in Lexington for about four years.
“We thought that this idea would be well received here,” said Rogers. “We have been sort of developing it for some time now and finally decided to pull the trigger on it.”
In the upcoming months Clawdaddy’s will be offering overnight live lobster shipments straight to customers’ homes.
“They will ship from Maine live and be at your door the day after you order them,” said Rogers.
The main idea of Clawdaddy’s? Roger says it’s to put a little bit of Maine in your mouth in the south.
“It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s a different idea and a new concept,” he said. “This is exactly what Lexington was missing.”
Rogers showed me the ‘special seasoning’ that is available with the salt and pepper shakers and adds flavor to the shell fish.
“I could tell you what’s in it…but I’d have to kill you,” joked Rogers. “The seasoning we made up on our own to add a little more spice.”
Rogers said that Clawdaddy’s is an all around unique experience.
“It’s gourmet food delivered quickly in a casual setting,” he said.
Shellfish is low in calorie and has zero trans fat, so not only does it make the health conscious eater happy, it’s also great tasting. Other healthy choices offered at Clawdaddy’s are the gluten free soup and salad with shellfish on top.
“It’s a gourmet way of eating healthy,” said Rogers.
Not only are they health conscious they are also environment friendly.
“We are very conscious of what’s going on around us,” said Rogers. “Everything is disposable and made out of corn, which makes our plate ware biodegradable in two weeks.”
Rogers said that the future holds big plans for Clawdaddy’s.
“This is the first one, but we hope it won’t be the last. We built it with the idea that if it were successful we would like to be able to duplicate it,” said Rogers. “I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next two or three years you will see more of them sprout up in the Lexington area. We even have specific locations in mind.”
For more information about Clawdaddy’s call 859-258-2529.
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