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Updated: July 18, 2023

On a roll: Cousins Maine Lobster expands to Oregon

Two guys on a food truck Photo / Courtesy Cousins Maine Lobster Franchisees and brothers Rahul, left, and Raj Mohan will launch their newest Cousins Maine Lobster food truck in Portland, Ore., bringing their total to five.

Cousins Maine Lobster, a fast-growing South Portland-based franchise brand founded in 2012 by first cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac, is rolling into the Pacific Northwest.

The new Portland, Ore.-based franchise is led by brothers Raj and Rahul Mohan, who already own and operate three other Cousins Maine Lobster food trucks in San Francisco, with a bricks-and-mortar eatery in that city currently in development. 

"Portland (Ore.) has an amazing food scene and food trucks and food carts are incredibly popular. The area is home to vibrant breweries and wineries,” Raj Mohan said.

"Right now, there are limited options for lobster in the market and we are confident that the quality of our product and our service will be a hit with seafood lovers throughout the region,” he noted.

Reflecting on the historical connection between the two Portlands, Lomac noted that in 1885, Asa Lovejoy of Boston, Mass., and Francis Pettygrove of Portland, Maine, flipped a coin for the naming rights to the western town on the banks of the Willamette River. 

“Pettygrove won and Portland, Ore., got its name," Lomac said. "We are thrilled to bring Maine's most iconic product to the very city named for our hometown and we have no doubt that Raj and Rahul will lead an exceptional team and operation in their newest market."

Tselikis and Lomac founded Cousins Maine Lobster more than a decade ago with a single food truck in Los Angeles, then partnered with “Shark Tank” investor  Barbara Corcoran and began franchising, as detailed in an episode of the Mainebiz podcast "The Day That Changed Everything."

Today, Cousins Maine Lobster has 48 franchised food trucks, eight company food trucks and seven restaurants as well as the San Francisco one in development. 


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