<<EDIT 8/13/10 11:23 AM: Bummer! Apparently the truck is out of commission for the day. Red Hook has tweeted:
So, we’re not as weatherproof as our favorite hard-shelled friends and Friday the13th demons struck our truck. So sorry. Hope to roll Mon.
Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery and a smooth opening run on Monday!>>
By the time you read this, Red Hook Lobster Pound may have already tweeted the site of their first stop (Brooklyn-based owner Susan Povich has already spilled the beans on their New York feed). If that’s the case, you can bet that a line is already forming to greet them upon arrival, regardless of weather. Before Red Hook had served even their first sample, they had more than 1900 followers hanging on their every update about when their mobile lobster shack would be hitting the street.
Well the wait is finally over, and we can say from experience it was worth it. Last night the team behind Red Hook Lobster DC threw a launch party for some of their most eager fans and media types. Guests enjoyed tastes of the truck’s signature lobster rolls as well as Cape Cod chips, shrimp rolls, whoopie pies and Maine Root sodas. We gathered in the grassy park-like space where M and 2nd Streets meet in Southeast, near the Nationals’ stadium. (HINT: Apparently the Red Hook folks thought it was a good location…just saying.)
At the kick-off party we had a chance to meet Susan as well as Doug Povich (Susan’s cousin) and Leland Morris, the guys behind Red Hook Lobster Pound’s Washington operation. The mood was festive despite the fact that we all huddled under a pair of tents while a storm blew through. The mobile restaurateurs were effusive with their praise of their DC followers as they shared their excitement to be hours away from opening.
So what was that delectable-looking lobster roll like? And what do you need to do to be ready when they come to your neighborhood? Find out after the jump. (more…)