The Lobster Trap in downtown Asheville celebrates 10 years this week

The Lobster Trap in downtown Asheville celebrates its 10th anniversary this week, featuring a special "anniversary platter" (not shown), serving one lobster, shrimp, oysters and clams.

Ten years ago this month, downtown Asheville’s The Lobster Trap first opened its doors.

Beginning today, the restaurant and bar will be celebrating its anniversary, offering special deals, drinks and dishes, to thank loyal customers and the city of Asheville for the last decade of development.

Kim Murray, managing partner at The Lobster Trap.
Kim Murray, managing partner at The Lobster Trap.

One of the more exciting deals for beer-lovers is the release of Oyster House Brewing’s new Bar Harbor Blue-Eyed Blonde Ale, specially brewed just for the occasion. “It’s a yummy blueberry blonde ale that really compliments our menu,” says managing partner Kim Murray in a release from The Lobster Trap. And in other beer-related news, all Oyster House pints will be $3 on Sunday, March 15.

From Wednesday, March 11 until Saturday, March 14, diners at The Lobster Trap will receive a free glass of champagne — a thank you for the last ten years, and a toast to the restaurant’s future. There will also be a new addition to the regular menu: a special “anniversary platter” pile with one lobster, clams, shrimp and oysters for $46.

And with all the treats for customers for celebration, great things are happening in the kitchen too. Last year, the seafood restaurant got a drastic interior makeover — and the owners just finished finalizing a partnership with the Monterey Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, certifying the restaurant as an environmentally responsible establishment in its sourcing and harvesting of seafood.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our loyal customers,” Murray added in the release. “So we hope they will join us Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14, to share good food with good friends.”

More from The Lobster Trap here:

Asheville, NC (March 3, 2015) – It was the summer of 2004, and Amy Beard had an idea. How about a restaurant in Asheville dedicated to serving fresh lobsters harvested by a high school pal and lobsterman? That’s how the concept for The Lobster Trap began, on the deck of The Lucky Catch on a breezy summer day in Portland, Maine.

It seemed simple enough at the time. Captain Tom pulled lobsters from his traps and put them on a plane bound for Asheville, NC. The restaurant opened its doors on Patton Avenue in March, 2005. People came, and came, and came. Ten years later, they still line up for the doors to open at The Lobster Trap.

A decade later, some things are the same. Captain Tom is still harvesting lobsters, and diners still devour them with delight.  Chef Mike McCarty still works tirelessly to find just the right purveyors for the seafood The Lobster Trap serves, and Kim Murray runs the show with a smile on her face and boundless energy that she absorbs from her two young sons.

There are changes too. Last year, the restaurant’s interior got a new look. This year, The Lobster Trap finalized its partnership with the Monterey Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program as part of Kim, Amy and Mike’s ongoing commitment to bringing fresh, sustainable seafood to the Appalachian Mountains.

“People in Asheville care about what they eat, and we care about what is put on the plate,” said Kim Murray. “The relationship with the Seafood Watch Program expands our ability to do that in important ways.”

The Celebration

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our loyal customers,” Kim added. “Amy Beard will be here to join in the celebration. So we hope they will join us Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14, to share good food with good friends.”

Customers will receive a free glass of champagne. Chef Mike McCarty has created a special “Anniversary Platter” with our signature shellfish (1 lobster, clams, shrimp & oysters) for only $46.

Over at Oyster House Brewing Company, brew master Billy Klingel has created a special, limited edition Lobster Trap 10 Year Anniversary ale called the Bar Harbor Blue-Eyes Blonde. “It’s a yummy blueberry blonde ale that really compliments our menu,” Kim said. “Billy has taken his talent and passion from his garage to the bar at The Lobster Trap to his very own Oyster House Brew Pub in West Asheville.”

In honor of Billy and his talent for making outstanding beer, The Lobster Trap will have an Oyster House tap takeover on Sunday, March 15, with all Oyster House pints for $3.

What better way to celebrate a decade of fresh, flavorful seafood that with more of it, and great beer to match.

Summary of Events:

Wednesday, March 11-Saturday, March 14

  • Release of Oyster House Bar Harbor Blue-Eyed Blonde Ale
  • Free glass of champagne for The Lobster Trap’s customers
  • Special menu item:  Anniversary Platter for only $46.

Sunday, March 15

  • All Oyster House pints for $3

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One thought on “The Lobster Trap in downtown Asheville celebrates 10 years this week

  1. North Asheville

    Has the Lobster Trap improved? I had a dreadful (and very expensive) meal there a few years ago, not very good service, and haven’t tried it again.

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