Lobster Roll staying put, with original owner

12/05/2011 12:37 PM |

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It will be business as usual at Lobster Roll Northside in Baiting Hollow.
Frederick Terry, the owner of Lobster Roll Northside as well as the shopping center anchored by the popular restaurant, decided not to sell the site to any bidders at an auction last month.
Several bidders requested that Mr. Terry continue to operate the restaurant as a tenant, an arrangement he found “unsatisfactory,” according to a press release issued by the Terry family.
Credited in the American Dictionary of Food and Drink as the inventor of the lobster salad roll, Mr. Terry will continue to run the restaurant, but is still seeking buyers willing to operate the eatery.
He also operates Gingerbread University, which runs gingerbread-decorating workshops, out of the property’s main barn. He’ll continue that and plans to open other shops on the site, including a small bakery, a fudge and candy factory and Lobster Roll/LUNCH, a gourmet seafood eatery.
Mr. Terry is a direct descendent of the original Southold Town settlers, according to the press release. Lobster Roll Northside lies partly on land from his ancestors’ original homestead.
“I guess we’re going to stick around awhile and continue in the food business,” Mr. Terry said in the release. “No sense breaking a 370-year-old family tradition.”

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