Talking Lobster, Lobster Rolls, and More with the Founders of Luke’s Lobster

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Luke's Lobster

Which new bourbon are we pumped about? What does it take to be a master journeyman? Where are we excited to travel to next? Each week, The Manual Podcast invites an expert, artisan, or craftsman for a roundtable discussion on what’s new, exciting, and unique in their trade.

For this week’s episode of The Manual Podcast, Greg and Sam sit down with co-founders of Luke’s Lobster, Luke Holden and Ben Conniff.

Holden, a third-generation lobsterman, had taken a step away from the business to work in finance for a little before finding his way back to the lobster business when he realized he couldn’t get a good lobster roll for a decent price in New York City. Then, after advertising on Craig’s List — yes, Craig’s List — he met Conniff, and the two began to hatch out out the plan that would become Luke’s Lobster.

What started as an East Village shop soon grew into more shops, then, with the COVID-19 crisis impacting every facet of life, they launched an online shop to provide high-quality lobster (as well as other seafood) to hungry customers around the country.

In the episode, Holden and Conniff discuss what that ride was like, how they got where they are now, and just what makes Maine lobster so damn special. Not only that, but the iconic lobster meal, the lobster roll, is discussed (and what makes a Maine style roll the epitome of the sandwich).

You will be hungry after this one, we guarantee it.

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