A little over a year after opening its first Boston location (75 Exeter St. in Back Bay), New York-based Luke’s Lobster will debut a second local outpost at noon today (Friday, September 23) at 290 Washington St. in Downtown Crossing, formerly a cupcake-focused bakery called Cakeology. To celebrate today's opening, which is the 21st location, the new spot will give away free lobster rolls to the first 21 customers to arrive.
The first Luke’s Lobster opened in 2009 in New York City, but the growing fast-casual chain’s heart is in Maine, from where founder Luke Holden hails (and sources much of the seafood for the restaurants). Now with locations around New York, D.C., Vegas, Chicago, and beyond — plus a full-service restaurant with an expanded menu in Tenants Harbor, Maine — Luke’s serves Maine-style lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls; chowder; grilled cheese; and more.
For dessert, Luke’s locations source close to home; the Boston locations serve cookies from South End Buttery. (They’re also used in an ice cream sandwich, which features Gifford’s ice cream from Maine.)
Luke's Lobster is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. the rest of the week.