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Posted at 2:50 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Red Hook lobster truck to take holiday hiatus

By Tim Carman
Leland Morris will put the Red Hook lobster truck on ice for two weeks. (Xiaomei Chen for The Washington Post)

It has nothing to do with the weather, which feels as if someone stuffed D.C. into a meat locker, and it has nothing to do with the idea that eating a lobster roll in December makes as much sense as drinking coffee in the Sahara.

No, the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck is merely taking a couple of weeks off for the holidays. The truck will put itself on ice from Dec. 22 to Jan. 3. It will return to the streets on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Come the new year, Red Hook plans to roll out its second truck. Leland Morris, president of Red Hook's DC operations, says the second vehicle will be licensed not only for D.C. but also for jurisdictions in Virginia and Maryland. Morris and his team are currently working on building out and securing licenses for the truck. It should hit the streets in mid-March, Morris says.

So aside from a larger territory in which to roam, will the second truck offer anything different from the original? Not a chance, Morris says.

"It's not broken," he adds, "so we're not going to fix it."

By the way, if you haven't visited Red Hook's truck recently, the rolling crustacean wagon has more than rolls this winter. It's also selling New England clam chowder, flavored with thyme and white wine, as well as cider steeped with oranges, lemons, cinnamon sticks and cloves.

By Tim Carman  | December 14, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
Categories:  Holiday, Staff Favorites  | Tags:  Red Hook Lobster Pound, Tim Carman, food trucks  
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