For a land-locked city, Denver sure loves its Oysters. Many restaurants, including Humboldt and Jax Fish House have taken serving the little slimy delicacies to a celebrated level. Now, it’s time for lobsters to have their day in our ocean-less state.
Rich Manzo and Jeff Reebie, who have nearly 60 years of culinary experience in New York and Colorado, have partnered to create Lobster Bliss. Last year, they signed an agreement to bring innovative lobster tanks to Colorado that recreates the ideal ocean experience for seafood. Inside Lobster Bliss’s 2,500-gallon tank, the water remains a constant 45 degrees and is completely filtered every 15 minutes, creating a stable, controlled and clean environment for the lobsters to thrive. The unique filtration system mimics the water-cleaning action of the ocean, naturally eliminating bacterial buildup. There are only 300 such tanks in North America, and Lobster Bliss is the exclusive provider for the state of Colorado. “You can really taste the difference this low-bacteria, sustainable environment brings out in the seafood. There’s a sweet taste and succulence you only find in lobsters fresh off the dock,” said Manzo.
A restaurant is in the works and a wholesale business in existence. There’s also a Lobster Bliss food truck (bright red, of course) that is drawing big crowds at Civic Center Eats, which runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-2pm. The truck is serving authentic Lobster Rolls and Scallop Rolls served on a brioche bun, homemade Lobster Bisque, Lobster Tacos, and a fresh Ahi Tuna Sandwich served on a brioche roll with red onion marmalade and scratch-made coleslaw. The truck will also be seen at events around Colorado all summer. The restaurant is slated to open a Denver restaurant in early 2016 based on a traditional New England lobster eatery.