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Award-winning lobster rolls are coming to Boise after all

Typically, when something is put on indefinite hold, it’s business, because “it won’t happen.”

But that’s how Lorin Smaha, the owner of Freshies Lobster Co., described the highly anticipated Freshies location set to open in The Warehouse Food Hall in Downtown Boise. It was a HUGE disappointment for seafood lovers who were waiting to try the best lobster roll in the world. (They were honored to participate in the Down East Lobster Roll Festival in Maine in 2017.)

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Freshies Lobster Co., bearing that title, for starters, is fascinating stuff because the restaurant isn’t based in Maine, the lobster roll capital of the United States, and has no locations there. Believe it or not, Freshies actually started in landlocked Park City, Utah.

In an interview with Salt Lake City’s KSL, Smaha explained that both she and her husband grew up in New England but met in Utah. She is from New Hampshire. He is from Maine. Lobster is basically in their blood, which is why when they started selling lobster rolls at their local farmers market, it was important that they use fresh Maine lobster.

Even after growing from a farmers market stand to a food truck to brick-and-mortar restaurants in Park City and Salt Lake City, that’s the quality they commit to. The lobsters they use are caught in Maine in the morning, packed and shipped to Boston in the afternoon, and arrive in Salt Lake the next day, ready to be distributed to their kitchens.

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Facebook/Freshies Lobster Co.

If you love seafood as much as we do, your mouth is probably watering when you think about sinking your teeth into the fresh lobster, mayo and warm butter. Well, soon you can! The Warehouse, which never removed Freshies from its “coming soon” section, confirmed on Facebook that Freshies OPENS in the food hall on Wednesday 1 February!

In addition to lobster rolls, they also serve sliders, crab rolls, and grilled cheese sandwiches (yes, you can add lobster to them), soups, salads, and a small selection of sides and desserts.

More suppliers are planned for 2023

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That will bring the total number of food and beverage vendors in the warehouse to 13, with at least one more on the way in 2023. Piedaho, a Sun Valley-based bakery that was on Oprah’s famous “Favorite Things” list in 2019 is still listed as “coming soon” on Pakhuset’s website. It will be in the room next to Bao Boi.

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