Luke Holden and Ben Conniff are opening a second Luke’s Lobster in Philly. The new quick-serve seafood spot is going into 17 S. 11th Street, on the other side of Broad from the original Rittenhouse location. Holden is a former lobster fisherman turned restaurateur with Luke’s Lobsters set up in his native Maine, along with New Jersey, New York, Maryland, D.C., Florida, Boston, Las Vegas, and Chicago. Outside of the U.S. there are five Luke’s Lobsters in Japan.
The restaurant refers to itself as a “seafood shack” and goes for a low-key look. The Rittenhouse location, below street level on 17th Street just off the square, has wood walls and tables in a cafeteria-style set up. The menu varies by location, but lobster rolls are a staple. The Philly shop, which is BYOB, also offers crab rolls, shrimp rolls, clam chowder, and lobster bisque. The drink menu goes beyond the usual soda options with blueberry lemonade, root beer, and Green Bee’s Ginger Buzz.
Look for the new Luke’s to open on 11th Street, between Market and Chestnut, on Friday, July 21.