A restaurant slated to open in Arlington next month already has a sibling in the works, and it will be located in Boston’s South End. Lobstah on a Roll (briefly known as 478 Mass. Ave.) is on track to open in November at 478 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington, as previously reported, and it announced last week on its fledgling Facebook page that it will also open a second location — this one in Boston proper — focused on takeout and delivery.
At the forthcoming Arlington location, Lobstah on a Roll — the self-anointed “biggest little restaurant in America” — plans to serve plenty of breakfast dishes to the neighborhood, along with lunch and dinner menus that center on seafood, especially lobster.
An early report suggested the restaurant would also serve Korean-style dishes like bulgogi and shabu shabu alongside its eggs, muffins, sandwiches (yes, lobster rolls), and more.
Meanwhile, plans for the Boston proper restaurant include a focus on takeout, pickup, and delivery to homes and offices, per a Facebook comment from the restaurant.
The South End restaurant will reportedly take over 537 Columbus Ave., the former Emma’s Pizza space. Emma’s had existed in various forms since 1962, primarily in Cambridge, but it expanded to the South End in summer 2016. At the end of 2016, the Cambridge location closed. During summer 2017, the South End location closed for what was supposed to be a temporary break, but it never reopened. Before Emma’s, the space was home to another pizzeria, Mangia, which opened and closed several times during its history at that address.
When Lobstah on a Roll opens in the Columbus Avenue space, there will be “crazy lobstah rolls” and “lobstah dinners” to go along with the restaurant’s name. Stay tuned for a timeline on the South End opening, and look out for Arlington’s Lobstah on a Roll some time next month.