Red Hook Lobster Pound was born at the kitchen table. Husband and wife Ralph Gorham and Susan Povich were tearing into the fresh live lobsters that they’d brought home from a trip to Maine, wishing that someone would start a business bringing live lobsters to Brooklyn. And it dawned on them: why not us!
Six months later The Red Hook Lobster Pound was open for business. Ralph drove up to Maine each week to haggle with lobstermen and haul home the freshest catch to sell live from saltwater tanks at the Pound. Ralph still personally handles every purchase, and buys from only sustainably-minded lobstermen.
Drawing on her Maine roots and training at the French Culinary Institute, Susan whipped up a mouthwatering menu of reinvented but traditional Maine lobster rolls and chowders. The menu is still growing, because it turns out almost everything tastes better with lobster.
Making A Splash
Thanks to an immediate media feeding frenzy and word of satisfied mouth, the pound was an instant hit. Within a year the pound expanded to include a picnic-style dining room. The pound was in the first wave of food vendors at the Brooklyn Flea, and now no major outdoor market or foodie event is complete without its luscious lobster rolls.
In 2010 the pound’s raved-about food truck, Big Red, hit the streets.
Washington DC now has two of its own beloved lobster trucks and the pound has plans in the works to expand to other cities.