Hook Lobster Opens Temporary Retail Space
James Hook & Co., a Boston seafood distributor, resumed retail seafood sales just before the holiday weekend, about a month after fire destroyed its waterfront location.
The company is now running a temporary retail location at 339 Northern Ave. in South Boston, in a space donated by competitor P.J. Lobster. Hook is selling a variety of live shellfish, including lobsters, as well as fresh fish with advance notice.
Hook's landmark wooden building on the Boston waterfront was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of May 30. Damage was estimated at $5 million. The family vowed to rebuild and had received assistance from competing suppliers who stored lobsters for them and allowed them to use their facilities.
James Hook & Co. was established in 1925 when the Hook family started distributing Maine and Canadian lobsters to upscale restaurants around Boston. The modest building stood in close proximity to the bustling financial district, luxury hotels and the Big Dig project.