Lobsta Bakes of Maine has been a Cincinnati staple for local seafood-lovin' foodies for the past 25 years.
The founder, Kevin Smith, recently retired and passed the torch to Phillip and Emma Jones and their family. "We are excited about the future of Lobsta Bakes, working with the current experienced team and retaining Kevin's existing suppliers, to keep everything that the customers have come to love over the years but also add new and exciting food and menu offerings with a European flair," Emma says.
Emma says they've already added a few refreshes like a new logo and patio to the Newtown-based business. "Several new touches are soon to come — a dine-in area, new menu options, and catering for events — while still sticking to the original seafood market concept customers have come to love through the years," she shares.
The Joneses, originally from the United Kingdom, have lived in the Newtown area a little over three years. Emma also co-owns the Merry Mare Mobile Bar, which Lobsta Bakes will now collaborate with on events.
Emma says they plan to add British “fish ‘n’ chips,” among other tasty delights, accompanied by a chilled wine, beer or cocktail. She says they’ll be a perfect complement to the current offerings at Lobsta Bakes, which include fresh fish, shellfish and premade specialties such as New England clam chowder and cioppino.
“Lobsta Bakes of Maine is always filled with delicious surprises. Fresh seafood arrives at the market daily, so the offerings in the case are wide, varied, and changing constantly,” Emma explains. “Depending on the season, you’ll find everything from lobster and crab legs to wild salmon, sea bass, oysters, mussels and more. Along with fresh fish to purchase and cook at home, we also serve a variety of ready-to-eat weekly special dishes such as shrimp salads, crab cakes and lobster roll kits, which are a rare find in Cincinnati.”
To celebrate the new ownership, recent refreshes, and exciting additions soon to come, Lobsta Bakes of Maine is hosting a dinner party on National Lobster Day, Sept. 25.
The party will be held outside at Lobsta Bakes of Maine. The menu includes: Seafood platter with mini crab cake, mini shrimp burger and cocktail shrimp for appetizer; For dinner, a 4oz filet minion, whole Maine lobster freshly steamed on site and served with mussels steamed in garlic and white wine, corn, potatoes, home made coleslaw, French bread, and drawn butter; for dessert, a Petite Maine blueberry pie. Tickets are $85 and include one glass of wine, beer or soft drink. The Merry Mare Mobile Bar will serve a selection of additional cocktails and beverages. RSVP by visiting here.