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Lobster Shanty Owners Looking to Open 'Ugly Mug Diner'

The owners of The Lobster Shanty are hoping crowdsourcing will help them open The Ugly Mug Diner on Washington Street.

The owners of The Lobster Shanty are hoping to open The Ugly Mug Diner at 122 Washington St. in Salem.
The owners of The Lobster Shanty are hoping to open The Ugly Mug Diner at 122 Washington St. in Salem.

Salem residents and The Lobster Shanty owners Diane and Lee Wolf are looking to the community for help toward opening a new diner at the former Taste of Thyme Cafe on Washington Street.

The couple has owned and operated the Lobster Shanty since 2007. 

The proposed eatery, which they plan on calling The Ugly Mug Diner, "is to create a fun, funky combination of old and new. The diner will offer handmade, fresh foods that are locally sourced when possible while maintaining a classic diner atmosphere with weekly specials and breakfast served all day," according to a release.

Medusa's Cafe recently opened at the 122 Washington St. location, but closed after less than three months in business.  

“Our laser-like focus on the food will set us apart from other breakfast spots,” Diane Wolf said in a release. “We’ll be a full-service diner with culinary professionals in the kitchen. We will cure our own bacon, serve farm-fresh eggs, smoke our own salmon for bagels, and whip our own cream.  We have fostered relationships with local farmers, including Maitland Mountain Farms here in Salem, to provide us with the best foods to offer our guests.”

How Can I Help?  

The Wolfs are sourcing capital from several places, including RocketHub.

The couple’s goal is to raise $50,000 through RocketHub by the end of February and they're offering incentives such as the contributor’s name engraved on a dining room chair, naming rights to a menu item, a VIP dinner for six at the diner, and an in-home cooking class for six.

What do you think about this new idea for a diner?

Let us know in the comments section below.

SalemEats February 04, 2014 at 07:27 AM
I think Diane and Lee could pull this concept off really well. We're in!
Larry Cultrera February 04, 2014 at 07:28 AM
I wish Diane and Lee well in their new endeavor!
Susan Richardson February 04, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Love it! Do you plan on having wifi so the local professionals can chill or are you planning an eat and skeet type diner for the tourist? Best of luck, either way.

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