The Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S. — the doors have always been open to diners since 1826.
Union Street was laid out in 1636, but there are no municipal records documenting the Oyster House’s date of construction. All that is known is that the building has stood on Union Street as a major local landmark for more than 250 years.
In 1742—before it became a seafood house, the building housed importer Hopestill Capen’s fancy dress goods business, known colorfully as “At the Sign of the Cornfields.” At this time, the Boston waterfront came up to the back door of the dry goods establishment, making it convenient for ships to deliver their cloth and goods from Europe.
The first stirrings of the American Revolution reached the upper floor of the building in 1771, when printer Isaiah Thomas published his newspaper “The Massachusetts Spy,” long known as the oldest newspaper in the United States.
In 1775, Capen’s silk and dry goods store became headquarters for Ebenezer Hancock, the first paymaster of the Continental Army. There is no reason to doubt that Washington himself was familiar with its surroundings. At the very spot where diners today enjoy their favorite New England specialties, Federal troops received their “war wages” in the official pay-station.
During the revolution the Adams, Hancock, and Quincy wives, as well as their neighbors, often sat in their stalls of the Capen House sewing and mending clothes for the colonists.In 1796, a future king of France lived on the second floor. Exiled from his country, he earned his living by teaching French to many of Boston’s fashionable young ladies. Later Louis Phillippe returned home to serve as King from 1830 to 1848.
1826 marked the end of Capen’s Dry Goods Store and the beginning of Atwood and Bacon’s establishment. The new owners installed the fabled semi-circular Oyster Bar — where the greats of Boston paused for refreshment. (Click here to see an original menu from the Atwood and Bacon Oyster House.)
It was at the Oyster Bar that Daniel Webster, a constant customer, daily drank his tall tumbler of brandy and water with each half-dozen oysters, seldom having less than six plates.
The toothpick was first used in the United States at the Union Oyster House. Enterprising Charles Forster of Maine first imported the picks from South America. To promote his new business he hired Harvard boys to dine at the Union Oyster House and ask for toothpicks.
A college president was salad man here. Jack Coleman, President of Pennsylvania’s Haverford College worked in total anonymity for a few months during his sabbatical when he secretly sampled some of America’s rigorous jobs and lifestyles.
The Kennedy Clan has patronized the Union Oyster House for years. J.F.K. loved to feast in privacy in the upstairs dining room. His favorite booth “The Kennedy Booth” has since been dedicated in his memory.
Since 1826, the Union Oyster House has known only three owners. Carrying on proud traditions in dining and service since 1970 have been Mr. Joseph A. Milano, Jr., and Ms. Mary Ann Milano Picardi.
Seafood Expertise and Passion Since 1849 Since 1849, Gorton's of Gloucester has been dedicated and passionate about providing high quality, distinctive seafood that makes for a truly special meal. Being in the heart of Gloucester, the cradle of America's fishing industry, you might say that fishing is in our blood. Many of our employees have been here for decades and some families have worked here for generations. Their expertise and dedication goes into every order you place with Gorton's.
Unbeatable Freshness and Taste
We select only the finest seafood, fresh from the ocean, and go to great lengths to ensure it arrives in peak condition for your enjoyment. Our live Maine lobster are carefully packed to preserve their fresh from the dock taste. No wonder the Wall Street Journal calls them "the firmest, most succulent lobsters."
Today, Gorton's of Gloucester - Gourmet Division, takes pride in bringing you the finest seafood, fresh from the ocean, and go to great lengths to ensure it arrives in peak condition for your enjoyment. Every item you'll find at Gorton's of Gloucester, from the shrimp to the crab to the live Maine lobsters is distinctive, and is guaranteed to surpass the freshness and selection offered by your local seafood and fish market. As always, you can trust the Gorton's Fisherman.
Dan the Lobster-Man
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Where are you located? We ship all our live Maine lobster packages directly from our warehouse in Biddeford, Maine (that's why our lobsters are always awesome and totally ocean-fresh). Our National Customer Service Headquarters are in Chicago (our sweet home), since Dan the Lobster Man was born and raised in the suburbs here. We do ship frozen packages from coast to coast from our Chicago warehouse.
How are Lobster Gram lobsters packaged? Our lobsters are packed in a Styrofoam cooler with frozen gel packs to keep them cold, thirsty pads to keep them moist, bubble wrap to prevent too much shifting, and the whole thing goes in a corrugated box.
How long do Lobster Gram lobsters stay alive?Lobsters can live approximately up to 36 hours outside of water. They do this by storing up the salty seawater in their gills, which is what they 'breath'. Their ideal temperature is between 40 and 50 degrees, which is why we use the ice gel packs in the cooler. Then, the Overnight Air delivery gets them to your cooking pot just in time for dinner!
Where do Lobster Gram lobsters come from? All of our live lobsters are called "Maine" lobsters, yet any lobster that carries the "Maine" label is not necessarily caught off the coast of Maine. "Maine" lobsters may be caught anywhere as far north as Nova Scotia and as far south as North Carolina. We also carry frozen "Maine" lobster tails, in addition to 10 different varieties of frozen lobster tails from all around the world!
Where do Lobster Gram steaks come from? All of our steaks are cut fresh right in Chicago, where all of our mid-western corn-fed beef is carefully inspected, graded and cold-aged to its tender, flavorful perfection. We only carry a very high grade USDA Choice or USDA Prime (the highest of beef grades). We even ship our steaks from Chicago to Biddeford so every package contains the same incredible top-quality beef.
How Long Has Lobster Gram Been In Business? We have been serving customers since 1987! And believe us, we've come a long way since those early days of Dan single-handedly taking calls and processing orders in the basement of his house!
For questions regarding products, order delivery, or returns, please contact Lobster Gram:
About Lobsters-Online For more than 25 years, the Lobster Trap Company has been delighting customers from Boston and Cape Cod to as far away as Europe with its quality seafood. Quality and freshness are the Lobster Trap Company's trademarks. All our lobsters come fresh off the boat, on to the dock, and into our facilities. No other online service can match for freshness, quality, and price. We store thousands of lobster in our darkened seawater tanks. The tanks are chilled to a constant 38 degrees, duplicating the lobster's sea-world environment. This storage method helps keep them strong and healthy, and ensures ample supplies year-round, even during the off season.
About Hometown Favorites Hometown Favorites specializes in candies, condiments and everyday food items from back home. Begun in 1996 by a stay-at-home mother of five searching for favorite childhood candies, Hometown Favorites has grown and expanded to include over 2000 hard to find food products. Hometown Favorites has been featured in a variety of publications and television shows including Good Housekeeping, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, People, Oprah, Good Morning America and many others as the premier on-line source for nostalgic and retro foods.
From Skybars to Maypo Hot Cereal, My-T-Fine Pudding to Cinnamon Toothpicks, Hometown Favorites stocks over 2000 favorite products; items that used to be readily available at the corner grocer but may now be in limited availability in your area. If we don t stock it, we will try to track it down for you. Our gift center and new retro toy aisle provide gifts and ideas for even the most discriminating recipient. Our fun selection is available to the individual consumer or for corporate gift and promotional needs.
About Fisherman's Fleet
Established in 1979, Fisherman's Fleet, Inc. started as a small family run seafood and fish market in Wayland, Massachusetts. Soon after its opening, our company became known for extremely high quality, fresh fish. Within a year, some of the local well-established restaurants in the area approached the owner to see if he would be interested in supplying the same quality fish that he had in his market to their restaurants on a daily basis, and the rest is history. Today, Fisherman's Fleet prides itself on its humble beginnings and keeps that same philosophy and tradition of delivering the best quality money can buy. We have no desire to be the biggest, just the best. With the strong desire to deliver the best seafood, our company has grown dramatically. Today we supply some of the finest restaurants in Boston and the New England area, as well as Institutions and super market chains throughout the country.
We attribute our success to many factors, but one of the major reasons is our stringent policy to Quality Control. If you deliver outstanding quality day in and day out clients will seek you out. We have buyers in all major ports in New England as well as California, Mexico, Florida, Iceland and South America. Over the years through trial and error we have found the best boats and captains who take the time and effort to handle the fish in a manner that is conducive to preserving the quality of the fish no matter what the species may be. Over the years, these relationships have developed into a bond of mutual respect that allows us to grow and deliver only the highest in quality. We also feel service is a major factor to our continued growth. We strive to provide top notch service on a consistent basis. In a time sensitive business, there is no doubt service goes hand in hand with quality.
Today Fisherman's Fleet operates three divisions: our wholesale division for restaurants and institutions, our mail-order division for retail consumers throughout the country interested in Maine lobsters and fresh seafood delivered overnight by U.P.S., and our retail store for local consumers. All our seafood is processed in our federally inspected facilities. All products are processed and delivered to our accounts within a 6 to 24 hour period to maximize freshness.
We welcome all questions and inquiries. To find out how you or your company can take advantage of fresh or frozen seafood for your home or commercial institution, please call us at 1-888-SEAFOOD, Eastern Standard Time.
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