NOANK, CT (WFSB) – Abbott’s Lobster in Noank section of Groton opened on Friday for the first time this season.
The restaurant on Pearl Street is famous for its hot lobster rolls. They are fresh lobster meat with butter on a hamburger-style roll.
The sandwich has been voted one of the top 10 lobster rolls in the country.
“You have to want to get off the beaten path and find us. Once you find us we’re impossible to forget,” Abbott’s owner Deirdre Mears said.
Mears has been running the restaurant for the past 15 years. It opened in 1947 before her parents bought the restaurant in 1981.
Mears said customers have started a tradition to see who could be first in line.
On Friday, Pat Keegan drove up from northern New Jersey. Keegan and her husband arrived at 7:30 a.m., four hours before the restaurant opened.
“To be part of this it’s just fun, it’s just fun,” Keegan said.
Keegan said she usually gets the traditional roll, but on Friday she tried the “o-m-g” roll, which is twice the size.
“Oh my goodness, that’s a lot of lobster,” Keegan said when she received her lunch.
No matter what size roll you order everyone that talked with Eyewitness News agreed it’s the perfect kickoff to spring.
“This is really the beginning of spring on the Connecticut shoreline, it sort of kicks it all off,” Mike Urban said.
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