By Carla Charter
If you are driving on U.S. Route 1 through Woolwich, Maine you may notice the town’s newest resident. In fact, Larry the Lobster, at 70 feet long and 12 feet high, may be a bit hard to miss, sitting atop Taste of Maine Restaurant.
The idea of Larry adorning the roof of the restaurant, actually began with a crab, according to owner Candy Gregory. “My brother, Larry Crooker, was the founder of Taste of Maine Restaurant. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s there was a Buster the Crab world tour. He leased the crab twice for the restaurant. People still talk about that crab 37 years later.”
She continued that when the family began discussing plans for the restaurants upcoming 40th anniversary last fall, the memory of Buster the Crab surfaced again. “When we began to discuss the fortieth anniversary of the restaurant my daughter, Dena asked what I wanted to do to celebrate and I responded I wanted to get Buster the Crab.” After googling it, Dena discovered that Buster the Crab no longer existed.
Dena asked her mother what her second choice would be. “I responded a lobster,” Gregory said. This time when Dina googled it she was indeed able to found a California company who would create the giant red Crustacean. “We have people from early morning on taking pictures of the lobster,” she said. The lobster was designed by Promotional Design Group
Larry the lobster, Gregory said, was named after her brother, “Since he taught me everything I know. He thinks it is pretty cool to have the lobster named after him.”
The restaurant believes that Larry might be the largest inflatable lobster in the world. “We are trying to get in touch with the Guinness Book of World Records,” she said.
The restaurant, which has been owned and operated by the same family for all of its 40 years offers a full menu, including all things lobster, including what they claim is the world’s largest lobster roll. “It is 18 inches long with over a pound of lobster meat in it.”
Larry took up his place on the roof on May 3 and is expected to remain atop the restaurant for six months. More information on the restaurant can be found at www.tasteofmaine.com. Taste of Maine Facebook page will have upcoming events regarding the restaurants 40th anniversary celebration.