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Posted at 6:34 PM ET, 04/20/2010

The Next New Truck in Town

By Justin Rude

Hot on the heels of my story in Tuesday's Style section cataloging the various food trucks now patrolling the downtown area comes news of another soon-to-be-addition to our mobile street-food scene. Suzan Povich, proprieter of the Red Hook Lobster Pound, is working on a four-wheeled solution to your sudden lobster roll cravings. The truck is getting tricked out now, and the target date for getting the rubber on the road is sometime in early June. And while there is no finalized menu yet, expect to find classic Maine-style lobster rolls with homemade mayo, as well as hot buttered Connecticut style rolls. Povich is also working with area patissiers to develop specialty desserts, including a signature whoopie pie, as well as talking to the Maine Root organic soda company about getting a fountain for the truck.

The Lobster Pound is already serving up heaping Maine-style rolls to Brooklyn eaters, and Povich had originally hoped to get a truck operating in Gotham. "New York has gone lobster crazy," Povich explained, "the prices have gone down to the point where it can be a weekly luxury." Fortunately for us, bureaucratic roadblocks ultimately torpedoed New York plans, and Povich looked south to Washington. In fact, she has a strong connection to the region, being a Washingtonian by birth and the granddaughter of late Washington Post sportswriter Shirley Povich, and is very excited about seering her business expand to the region.

For those who can't wait to see what the truck has to offer, the Maine Lobster Pound will have a tent at the Azalea Garden Festival in Bethesda at the end of the month. As of yet there are no firm details on pricing, but a Maine Lobster Pound lunch goes for $15 in New York, and the extra 240 miles down 95 is sure to add a couple bucks.

-- Justin Rude

By Justin Rude  | April 20, 2010; 6:34 PM ET
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