After 51 years in the restaurant business, the Berig Family has decided to retire and close the Lobster Claw Restaurant on Sunday, Sept. 13.
Originally purchased by Don and Marylou Berig in 1970, The Lobster Claw restaurant at 42 Cranberry Highway (Route 6A) Orleans, has been a popular dining destination for both summer visitors and year-round residents for decades.
Over the past 51 years, the Lobster Claw has seen generations of families come through their doors as diners and employees. A common conversation in the restaurant was, “My grandmother/my father worked here.” The Berigs’ daughters and grandchildren have all worked at the restaurant over the years. In fact, their daughters Karen and Wendy voiced the radio ads back in the beginning.
The Berigs said they will miss their restaurant family, but the time has come.
“Working 15 hours a day, seven days per week at over 80 years of age is enough,” said Don Berig. “My wife would really like to play some golf before we are too old. We hope you come in and say, ‘so long’ before we close on September 13.”
The Lobster Claw will be open for indoor dining and takeout from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Sunday, Sept. 13.