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Updated: November 17, 2023

Friday Food Insider: Portland restaurants, lobstermen donate 'community day' proceeds to Lewiston fund

In response to the mass shootings in Lewiston that left 18 people dead and 13 injured, many businesses throughout Maine have been fundraising to help victims and their family members.

This week, four restaurants on the Portland waterfront — J's Oyster, DiMillo's On the Water, Luke's Lobster and the Porthole — teamed up with local lobstermen and dealers in order to help.

This past week, Luke's Lobster on Portland Pier held a Community Day with the goal of donating 15% of the receipts to benefit both the Lewiston Auburn Area Response Fund and the St. George Community Development Organization's Port Clyde Strong Fund, which is helping businesses affected by the September fire on the Port Clyde waterfront.

Courtesy / Luke's Lobster
A look at Luke's Lobster twin lobster special.

“Both communities are important to us, with many team members having close connections to L-A, and with our strong ties to the Port Clyde Fishermen's Co-Op where we've been buying lobster from directly for years,” said Meaghan Dillon, vice president of marketing at Luke’s Lobster.

Steve Train, a Portland lobsterman, spearheaded the effort by a group of Casco Bay lobstermen and dealers to donate the lobsters. And each of the restaurants agreed to serve a special lobster dish.

All proceeds from the specials will be donated. Luke’s Lobster had a $25 twin lobster special all day and raised $2,637. The restaurant sold 236 twin lobster dinners, which is around 526 lobsters. 

Courtesy / J's Oyster social media
J's Oyster lobster and clam lunch/dinner special.

The Porthole also served $25 twin lobsters. DiMillo’s served twin lobsters for $30 and J’s Oyster served a $20 lobster and clam special. 

“Our whole Portland Pier team really stepped up to coordinate the event, along with Steve Train not only getting us the lobsters for our dinner special, but pushing the message out to his own network so we could ensure we'd raise as much as possible,” said Dillon.

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