Our Story

The Lobster Shack is owned and operated by Nick and Arlene Crismale. It was always Nick’s dream to open a small seasonal food stand where people could come and enjoy freshly caught lobster and clams right off his boats, eat by the water, and enjoy the beautiful view. Arlene, after a little convincing, decided it might be fun to come aboard and operate this small stand. She wanted to bring people the enjoyment of fresh and delicious food that she has always prepared for her own family over the years. Hence, The Lobster Shack was born!

After enjoying eleven years in Branford, in 2019, The Shack relocated to East Haven.  While the small food truck that we once operated out of is gone, our goal is to continue our tradition in creating a relaxed, casual atmosphere, while enjoying the stunning ocean views from our new location.  

It has been a joy to bring good food to our many wonderful customers. An old friend in the restaurant business once told us to “keep it simple and you will be successful.” This is what we strive to do every day at the Lobster Shack. We hope you enjoy your visit as much as we will enjoy having you here!

The Lobster Shack

(now located on the shoreline in East Haven)

was established on the

Branford River in 2007.

Arlene Crismale talks with Ann Nyberg

in September 2010 and mentions

what she loves most about what she does.

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