June 24, 2018
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Iconic Maine eatery Bob’s Clam Hut opening Sugarloaf location

By Whit Richardson, BDN Staff

KITTERY, Maine — Bob’s Clam Hut, which has garnered national recognition for its fried clams, will open a second location at the Sugarloaf ski resort in Carrabassett Valley.

The new Bob’s Clam Hut, in the mountain’s base lodge, will open on Saturday, Dec. 22. It’s one of a handful of new restaurants Sugarloaf has announced for the upcoming ski season.

This will be the first time Bob’s Clam Hut has a second location since Robert “Bob” Kraft Sr. opened the original restaurant in Kittery in 1956. Michael Landgarten, who purchased the business from Kraft in 1986, said he has resisted the temptation to open a second location in the past.

“For all these years, I felt Bob’s should not try to repeat its success somewhere else — that it would be too hard to recreate the special qualities of Bob’s in Kittery,” Landgarten said in a statement. “However, something felt so natural when [Sugarloaf food and beverage director] Jon Rollins invited us to be there.”

One reason the expansion made sense is that the two locations, with opposite seasons, will complement each other.

Forbes Magazine selected Bob’s Clam Hut as one of its 40 favorite restaurants in the country, and the restaurant was recently featured on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Sugarloaf also announced the arrival of Mountain Waffles, which will be in the base lodge, and 45 North, a new restaurant in the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel that specializes in “Maine comfort food.” The Double Diamond Steakhouse, which was in the hotel, closed in November.

The announcements are the result of “a reinvention of food services” at Sugarloaf, as the resort assumes management of its food services from Centerplate, a Massachusetts-based hospitality company, whose 25-year lease with Sugarloaf expired this year.

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