LobsterCraft West in Hartford, CT Reopens Its Doors

Published September 14th 2022

A Favorite Coastal Delicacy Now Available on Farmington Avenue 

Summer, 2022, West Hartford, CT: West Hartford may be a landlocked town, but it’s now home to a favorite coastal delicacy and Connecticut’s state sandwich – the lobster roll! What began in 2012 as a local food truck phenomenon based out of the coastal community of Norwalk, CT, LobsterCraft has morphed into a thriving brick and mortar Restaurant Group, offering their over-the-top hot and buttery lobster rolls to hungry consumers looking for their next lobster roll fix. LobsterCraft restaurants are now located in Greenwich and Fairfield, CT, Sarasota, FL, and a fourth location with the reopening of West Hartford. 


LobsterCraft West Hartford originally opened in September of 2021 at 981 Farmington Avenue amid the bustle of this active dining, retail, and business neighborhood.  In June, the restaurant closed briefly for some internal restructuring and has officially reopened today, Friday, July 29.  The intimate space is truly a lobster “shack” style eatery with a few tables and counter seating for eat-in, as well as a large patio for outdoor dining. A robust take-out and delivery business is an integral part of LobsterCraft’s service model. A creative beverage program consists of craft soda, East Coast Kombucha, and eventually will include beer/wine.  


LobsterCraft’s signature lobster rolls start with the best soft toasted buns filled with the freshest and sweetest lobster meat. And no matter the style, the lobster remains front and center. Lobster roll cravings are satisfied with LobsterCraft’s Coastal Roll, which has been featured on Food Network and Flavored Nation and named “The Best CT Style Hot Buttered Lobster Roll in the Country.”   Other customer favorites include the Heat Wave laced with serrano and habanero pepper infused butter, the LBLT filled with lobster, bacon, lettuce, and tomato, and topped with garlic aioli, and the Dirty Maynard, a Maine-style cold lobster salad roll dressed in seasoned mayonnaise. California style with veg and a killer surf and turf roll share the stage with other lobster-tastic specialties such as tacos, sliders, creamy mac n cheese, grilled cheese, pot pie, and bisque.  Scratch-made New England, Newport-style clam chowder is creamy perfection brimming with locally sourced Copps Island clams from Norm Bloom & Sons. Customers can look forward to seasonal specials such as crab cakes and more! 


While the LobsterCraft brand expands upon its concept, its deep roots within the lobster/fishing community will remain. Sourcing from local fishermen remains a company standard. Captain Mike and his crew will continue to make those long hauls up and down the coastline, sourcing the best, sustainable, cold-water lobster possible from Montauk to Maine. The food trucks still operate in full force for private catered events and local festivals. 


981-a Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT