History

The Original P.E.I. Lobster Suppers, our family restaurant has been serving lobster in New Glasgow since June 24, 1958. These photos show how we’ve changed throughout the years.

original building at Covehead Race Track

1957

To understand how New Glasgow Lobster Suppers became what it is today you have to go back to the beginning before there was ever even a thought of a place such as this. In 1957, The New Glasgow and District Junior Farmers Organization consisted of 36 members between the ages of 21 and 31. This group focused on farming practices, entrepreneurship and of course community living. Their weekly meetings were held either at a member’s home or local community building. It was ...

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June 24, 1958

  The first lobster dinner on Prince Edward Island was served as a fundraiser for the New Glasgow  and District Junior Farmers Organization. The building had no kitchen and no on site wash room facilities. All the food was prepared elsewhere and brought on site. The first customers had to wait in their car as temporary steps were constructed for them to enter the building.   Inside, the bare studs of the walls were showing, the tables were plywood doors which were laid flat on saw ...

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1963

Over the next few years, The Junior Farmers continued to utilize their new building for community gatherings, Blood donor clinics, weekly dances and the occasional lobster supper fundraiser. In 1963, the increasing interest of that first meal led to adapting to meet the public’s need. This meant making the dinner a weekly event therefore increasing the fund-raising event even more.

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1970

Demand for the lobster dinner was so great that the organization decided to serve the public 7 days a week.

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1972

Twelve of the founding Junior Farmers purchased the ownership and began a new stage, no longer a fundraiser but a business.

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Re opening of Clyde Room 1973

1973

In 1973, an expansion was made that enabled the hall to seat up to 400 people. The ribbon cutting ceremonies were held and the expansion was officially opened by Premier Alex Campbell, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his wife Margaret – as a personal favor to Ralph Dickieson (co-owner).

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Lobster Pound 1975

1975

The first inland lobster pound was established using wooden tanks. The following year the wooden tanks were switched to fiberglass tanks. Being inland and lobsters requiring salt water, special accommodations had to be made. Water would be hauled from the nearby harbor and held in an underground tank that was refrigerated and circulated throughout the fiberglass tanks. In addition to this a cultural display room was added to enable the customers to view the lobster pound and educate the diners on ...

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Record Day 1979

1979

  A record was made with the number of people who ate at the restaurant. During one week alone the average crowed per day was 1250 people. During that very same week New Glasgow Lobster Suppers experienced their largest day to date, serving 1470 people in one day.

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1980- current Owners

1980

  In 1980, ownership decreased once again leaving only four of the original founding members to carry on the lobster suppers’ tradition. These owners were: William & Thelma Nicholson and Sterling & Jean MacRae, all of whom are still the owners today.

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Grand Opening of Glasgow Room

1983

During the 1980’s   The Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency was giving financial aid in the form of grants to up and coming entrepreneurs like the founders of New Glasgow Lobster Suppers. This money helped the restaurant expand an additional two more times. Once in 1983 when the lower level “Glasgow Room” was added, this sat 60 people.

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Carl Nicholson Restaurant Manager

1988

In between expansions in 1988 New Glasgow Lobster Suppers celebrated their 30th anniversary introducing their new Restaurant Manager Carl Nicholson (son of William &  Thelma) who was taking the place of retiree Ralph Dickieson.

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Grand Re-Opening of Glasgow Room

1989

In 1989 the “Glasgow Room” was expanded; allowing for 175 seats. In doing so the cultural display room was closed and the lobster pound was moved and upgraded enabling them to hold upwards of 20,000 pounds of lobster.

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Prime Minister Kim Campbell

1993

Canada's first female Prime Minister Kim Campbell visits Prince Edward Island and joins us for dinner. Signing our Guest Book with Owner Sterling MacRae looking on.

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1997

1997

Throughout the years New Glasgow Lobster Suppers have been recognized by numerous influential people, travel magazines, newspapers but mostly by their community. In 1997 they were awarded The Tourism Operator of the Year from The Tourism Industry Association of PEI. The following year marked their 40th season, a celebration was held honoring all past and current owners for their dedication and hard work.

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Great Canadian Food Show

1999

In the summer of 1999, New Glasgow Lobster Suppers were privileged enough to be chosen to be the featured on “The Great Canadian Food Show”. Filming took 3 days; editing took months. This ½ hour program aired in February 2000, creating free advertisement for the restaurant and increasing the public awareness level in regards to their knowledge of the business and what happens behind the scenes.

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2002

2002

In 2002 the village of New Glasgow was featured in Harrow-smith Country Living Magazine as one of ten of the prettiest little towns in Canada. The article also went on to mention New Glasgow Lobster Suppers as one of the major attractions in the quaint little village. Nearing the end of the 2002 season, New Glasgow Lobster Suppers was once again put in the lime light for an ATV Travel Television Show. “Suite and Simple PEI”, featured The Lobster Suppers ...

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2008 Celebrating 50 years

2008

Celebrating 50 years in Business! The week of our anniversary we gave away a lobster meal for the original price of $1.50 to every 50th person in the door.  Also received recognition as a Finalist for The Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce President's Excellence Award for Customer Service.

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2009 Premier's Award

2009

New Glasgow Lobster Suppers was Awarded the 2009 Premier’s Award for Tourism “The Award is a token of our Province’s appreciation in honor of New Glasgow Lobster Suppers and their hard work over the last 50 years in business,” said Minister Docherty. “Premier Ghiz felt it was a natural choice to select New Glasgow Lobster Suppers for the 2009 Tourism Award. It’s the perfect opportunity to recognize the outstanding and significant work by both Nicholson and MacRae families, and their contribution ...

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Above and Beeyond Hot Air Balloon

2010

In 2010 New Glasgow Lobster Suppers made their debut on CBC airing our first ever commercial on television. The New Glasgow Lobster Suppers now is still owned by William and Thelma Nicholson and Sterling and Jean MacRae, two of the original founding couples. This family-operated business recently welcomed a third generation of family members to it's management team, Erin MacRae-Forrest (grand-daughter of Sterling & Jean) who takes on the role of Dining Room Manager and her husband Mike Forrest as Kitchen Manager.

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You Gotta Eat Here

2012

During the summer season of 2011 – we were approached by the producers of a new show called “You Gotta Eat Here” on the Food Network. The film crew visited with us for 2 days, and showcased the best of what we have to offer as well as a few laughs behind the scenes. The show aired June of 2012 on The Food Network and has been replayed numerous times. Since then You Gotta Eat here as produced a recipe book ...

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2013

We celebrated 55 years! From that first day back in 1958 to now - many things have changed but our love for the hustle and bustle of the business and the happiness of our clients still remains stronger than ever.  Thank you to everyone who has supported us through out the years and we look forward to serving you in the many years to come.

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