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Old Port Lobster Shack closing in Redwood City, expanding to Los Altos

Uploaded: Oct 8, 2015

Old Port Lobster Shack, a New England-style seafood restaurant with locations in Redwood City, Portola Valley and San Jose, will be closing its original Redwood City location and reopening in Los Altos, owner Russell Deutsch confirmed Thursday.

The building that houses the Redwood City Old Port Lobster Shack at 851 Veterans Blvd. is going to be redeveloped into an apartment complex sometime next year, Deutsch said. The same company, Sares Regis Group of Northern California, LLC, now owns both the Redwood City building and the Colonnade, a new apartment complex near the corner of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real in Los Altos, and offered Deutsch a ground-floor retail space in the Los Altos development.

Deutsch said the Redwood City location will likely shutter sometime in early summer 2016. He is, however, continuing to look for a viable location in Redwood City, but is holding out for a space with ample parking. (The three most important things to have when opening a restaurant in California? "Parking, parking and parking," Deutsch said.) Part of the appeal of the Los Altos location is an underground parking lot at the Colonnade with separate (and free) retail parking and an elevator that leads directly to the restaurant, Deutsch said.

Deutsch, a Boston native, opened the first Old Port Lobster Shack in Redwood City in 2006. A second location at the Ladera Country Shopper in Portola Valley followed in 2011, and a third in San Jose in 2013. A food truck dubbed the "ShackMobile" also gathered a following on the Peninsula throughout those years.

And Deutsch is continuing to expand, with locations in Roseville and even Portland, Maine, planned for the next year.

Deutsch imported many items from Maine and Boston to decorate the original restaurant, including the tables and benches, buoys hanging on the walls, fishing nets and a mini lighthouse, according to the restaurant's "about us" page.

Though Old Port is perhaps best known for its lobster rolls (there are five different kinds), the menu is full of New England seafood favorites: clam "chowdah," oysters, fish and chips, fried clams, po boys and more.

For non-seafood lovers who are dragged in, there are plenty of options, from hamburgers and a grilled chicken sandwich to baby back ribs and BBQ chicken.

Stay tuned on an opening date for Los Altos sometime in early 2016.