Lobster Place started as a family-owned seafood retailer and restaurant on the Upper West Side in 1974. In the 1990s, Lobster Place relocated to Chelsea Market, an enclosed urban food court, shopping mall, and office building housed in the former National Biscuit Company factory complex.
STUDIOS completed a total redesign of Lobster Place’s retail store and added an adjoining seafood restaurant, Cull & Pistol. Lobster Place occupies approximately 6,000 square feet at the concourse level with approximately 4,000 square feet of support space in the basement, which STUDIOS reorganized to support the restaurant addition. The retail program includes display and sales area for assorted finned fish, shell fish, a new oyster bar, a sushi bar, cooked lobster station, and prepared food sales. The space is now cleanly organized, with different offerings indicated by signage of the store’s columns.
Next door, Cull & Pistol pays homage to the fishmonger traditions and culinary diversity of New York with a seasonal raw bar, innovative seafood dishes and a diverse selection of wine and craft beers. The 48-seat restaurant has the feel of an upscale coastal-Maine food shack: warm wood encases the seating area, while white tile sets off the oyster bar.