Cousins Maine Lobster quickly established a loyal following of Maine lobster lovers in Columbus. The company’s family values spread from their food to their customers. “Getting to know people who love lobster is exciting and fascinating at the same time,” said Nuss. “Apparently, there is a real love affair between our truck (her name is Stella) and the people of Columbus!”
As the food truck’s popularity grows, Cousins Maine Lobster and its Columbus fans are excited to have a brick and mortar location at Budd Dairy Food Hall. Owner, Kathryn Nuss is thrilled for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to work with other chef partners in a unique, shared space and continue to build the company’s following through the partnership with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with CMR which provides a valuable learning opportunity for new, restaurant entrepreneurs and will expose Cousins Maine Lobster to a wider consumer base.
“To serve wild-caught, sustainably harvested, 100% premium lobster directly from Maine to people throughout America, while maintaining & providing Maine’s signature hospitality to the guests we serve.”View Menu
In 2012, CML brand owners and cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac featured their idea on the popular TV show, Shark Tank, and gained support from investor and businesswoman, Barbara Corcoran. Five years later, Kathryn Nuss learned that the brand was looking to franchise across the country. She applied to be an owner and the food truck began its journey in Columbus in 2018.
Nuss is a doctor by day, but her love of cooking runs deep – inspired by years of family vacations to New England. Nuss said joining the CML family made sense because of her love of lobster and Shark Tank. She welcomed the opportunity to bring premium Maine lobster products to the city of Columbus.
Nuss has a few favorite items on the menu she always recommends – the traditional lobster rolls in two styles, Maine and Connecticut, and their creative lobster-takes on comfort classics like lobster grilled cheese and lobster tacos. Her personal favorite is the lobster tots – crispy tater tots served with lobster, cilantro lime sauce and fresh pico de gallo. “All of our best flavors in one delicious dish,” said Nuss.
“Budd Dairy Food Hall also gives Cousins Maine Lobster an exciting opportunity to expand our menu with new items like our lobster BLT and our lobster topped Maine harvest salad.”