New restaurant in Founder’s Hall off the beaten path

Erin McCabe
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Dave Hyndman’s new lobster roll restaurant, Dave’s Lobster, will be opening May 7 in Founder’s Hall.

Dave’s Lobster hoping locals will enjoy its take on lobster rolls

Nestled in a corner of P.E.I.’s Founder’s Hall, a new take on an Island food staple will soon be available for tourists and Islanders alike.

Dave Hyndman’s new lobster roll shack will open May 7 - a day before the first cruise ship comes into the Charlottetown Harbour.

OK, it’s not a “shack” per se, he says, but that’s how he pictured his restaurant ever since he thought up Dave’s Lobster this past winter.

“It’s a good location,” says Hyndman, about Founder’s Hall, “But most people never really knew anything was here. It’s hiding in plain sight.”

He believes once his deck is set up with tables and big red umbrellas, and a large sign hanging outside, people will be curious and drop in.

Hyndman, an Island boy, grew up around lobster and loves lobster rolls, so he decided P.E.I. needed a place that served these easy-eating delicacies.

“A lot of people seem to think that lobster is meant to be you know, your big lobster dinner, and it’s actually kind of (pardon my French) a pain in the ass eating a lobster,” says Hyndman, “I always think a lobster roll is a much better way to eat a lobster, because somebody did all the work for you.”

Cruise ships are hopefully going to provide some good business, says Hyndman, but he doesn’t want to count only on tourists visiting his restaurant.

“The cruise ships (are) a big piece of it, but I also really, really want -my goal is for it to become a place that locals come to,” he says, “I really hope it’s a space people come, have a lobster roll and then stay to have a couple more beer with their friends.”

The restaurant will be licensed, with beer from the P.E.I. Brewing Company on tap.

Hyndman says he tried to use local suppliers wherever he could: cheese from Cows, cinnamon rolls from Mary’s Bakery in Cornwall and coffee from Row 142.

It’s been a really hands-on experience for the new restaurateur, who has worked in the tech world for most of his career. He has overseen most, if not all, the major decisions associated with the restaurant - the renovations, menu (two words: lobster taco) and even handpicked the music.

“I picked the kind of music I would hear if I went to kind of a cool coffee shop in New York or something,” he says, “I’ve always been an adult alternative kind of guy.”

As for any competition he may have from other lobster restaurants in Charlottetown, Hyndman isn’t worried.

“I don’t think people are going to have a lobster roll every day,” he says, “Hopefully (they’ll) have one once a week...”

Organizations: P.E.I. Brewing Company

Geographic location: P.E.I., Iceland, Cornwall New York Charlottetown

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  • Steve Matheson
    May 11, 2014 - 10:52

    Great job Dave....I often thought a lobster roll place on PEI would be a big hit....great to see someone go for it. Best of luck and wishing you much success!!

  • Christine Moignard
    May 08, 2014 - 09:32

    Sounds yummy...and no work for me..yeah! Problem is I don't know where Founders(or is it Flounders?) Hall is .We visit P.E.I. regularly,so will definitely look you up next time we're there.

  • lemonade
    May 06, 2014 - 11:40

    under 10 dollars . i hope! any price list on lone soon ?

  • roger
    May 06, 2014 - 07:24

    Would like to see the lease agreement with the Government here, - with the traffic at this spot, it should bring in a decent amount of rent for the taxpayers,-- or not??????

    • Peg
      May 07, 2014 - 09:26

      Wish this guy all the best but Flounder's Hall is properly named for a reason ....

  • Buz MacCoy
    May 05, 2014 - 15:36

    Sounds wonderful Dave. Can you give a hint at what you will charge for a lobster roll?

  • Dave Hyndman
    May 04, 2014 - 22:32

    I hope to check this out in August when my wife and I leave the Saskatchewan prairie for a vacation in the Maritimes.

    • Dave Hyndman
      May 05, 2014 - 06:39

      Hi Dave: With a name like that, you'll be our guest of honour. Let me know when you're coming; would love to meet. DAVE

  • Lisa
    May 04, 2014 - 16:53

    This is fantastic Dave... Congrats ! I hope to visit one day ...

  • Kim
    May 03, 2014 - 16:43

    I am almost scared to ask ....... Is there a gluten free roll?

    • Dave Hyndman
      May 05, 2014 - 06:37

      Hi Kim: Yes, there will be gluten-free rolls or lettuce wraps as options.

  • Tony
    May 03, 2014 - 15:44

    Got hungry just reading about your restaurant, Dave. Hope you are flourishing when I'm around in the summer.

    • Dave Hyndman
      May 03, 2014 - 18:01

      Thanks Tony. Come say Hi when you're here this Summer.