Food Trucks Hit The Streets In Chatham, Finally

By: Brendan Samson

Topics: Business , Tourism

Squire Chief Operating Officer Drew McMullen (left) and Select Board member Cory Metters (right) stand in front of the Chatham Squire Mobile. The truck serves lobster rolls, clam chowder and chicken bacon ranch sandwiches. BRENDAN SAMSON PHOTO

CHATHAM — Everyone knows when you are on Cape Cod you have to get a lobster roll.

With the town’s recently approved food truck policy now in place, there are two new options to get the classic New England delicacy.

Both the Cousins Maine Lobster truck and the Chatham Squire Mobile will be stationed in the town offices parking lot on alternating days as well as on Monday nights for “Mondays on Main.” The Squire Mobile will also be at the Old Colony Rail Trail lot on Route 137.

The locations were settled on after many discussions by select board members as they developed their food truck permit policy. The permit also includes Oyster Pond Beach and Harding’s Beach, but those are not set spots yet. Drew McMullen, the chief operating officer at the Squire Restaurant, says the response has been good in the few days that the truck has been open for business.

“Before we opened up the window there were people loitering around, everybody wanted get in,” McMullen said. “We've been waiting to find a great opportunity to use this truck. It's a 1959 Franklin A. Newcomer trailer that we've just been dying to find a great way to use, and this is just an exceptional opportunity for us to deploy it.”

The Squire Mobile has been open for business since 2020, but only for private gatherings. This is the first time it has been able to take its services to the public. The menu features a lobster roll, a chicken-bacon-ranch sandwich and clam chowder. The chowder and lobster roll are both Squire staples, but so far, the lobster roll has been the most popular. Squire owner Todd Hearle says the Squire Mobile is a great way to grow the restaurant’s reach.

“We can bring the Squire to your yard with a full catering license with a full bar with lobster rolls, chowder and raw bar, oysters, whatever,” Hearle said.

Now with the trailer operating as a food truck in addition to catering, it can be brought to different locations, just in a more limited capacity.

While the Squire Mobile offers lobster rolls as an option, the Cousins Maine Lobster truck has a menu that is lobster-centric. A franchise with dozens of trucks operating all over the country, Cousins first gained attention on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Their menu choices include both Maine and Connecticut lobster rolls as well lobster with tater tots, quesadillas, tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, and of course the classics, lobster bisque and clam chowder.

T.J. Nelson, whose family is a franchisee and owns one truck in Boston and one in Chatham, works the truck with his sisters.

“I'm biased, but it's some of the best I've had,” Nelson said. “The Maine roll is probably our best seller. It's chilled meat with mayo and the Connecticut roll is warmed up meat with lemon butter. We have lobster grilled cheeses, lobster quesadillas, lobster tacos, lobster tots, it’s some things you probably have never seen before. It's really good.”

Tim Grey, who is on vacation from Orange County, Calif., was at the truck on Thursday and loved the food so much he had to come back the next day with his whole family.

“I had to bring my lovely wife to experience the lobster roll with me and I wanted to try the other style, Connecticut style versus the Maine style,” Grey said. “The Maine style was amazing, it was everything I hoped it would be for a Cape Cod lobster roll.”