Smack Shack opens Friday

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February 3, 2013 // UPDATED 2:23 pm - February 12, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
A large lobster boil takes center stage in the Smack Shack.
By Brent Nelson
Sarah McKenzie

The lobsters have arrived on Washington.

After months of delays, the team behind the popular Smack Shack food truck will open its restaurant on Friday, Feb. 8.

The 115-seat restaurant has massive lobsters tanks and a lobster boil in the center of the dining area. The famous lobster roll is on the menu along with other dishes inspired by the crustacean, including lobster guacamole, lobster corn dogs and lobster mac-and-cheese.

The restaurant will start with dinner service and add lunch later this month. 

The giant lobster tanks built in Nova Scotia are designed to hold up 500 lobsters at a time, said Smack Shack founder Josh Thoma during a preview dinner Feb. 1. He anticipates the restaurant will go through 200 to 300 pounds of lobster a day.

Thoma said he’s always loved lobsters and was inspired to start the Smack Shack to fill a niche in the local dining scene.

The restaurant at 603 Washington Ave. N. is designed to look a Maine seafood shack. The entranceway wall is adorned with an image of a large lobster boat, also known as a smack.

The restaurant was originally scheduled to open last summer, but renovating the old warehouse space proved more difficult than expected, Thoma said.

In the summer, an outdoor dining area on an old loading dock next to 6th Street will be open.

The Smack Shack crew plans to keep operating the food truck and will maintain a presence at the 1029 Bar in Northeast, which was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”

The neighborhood is becoming a hot spot for restaurants. The restaurant Borough and bar Parlor recently opened at 730 Washington Ave. N.