Bring Maine Lobster to your neighborhood with our flexible and adaptable models to fit your market.

Why cousins
maine lobster?

Brick & mortars


Brick & Mortar storefronts, standalones, in-lines, food halls & more. We offer flexible models to fit your market. Cousins Maine Lobster will assist you every step of the way in choosing a location, building your restaurant, opening, and beyond! Versatile, easy-to-operate buildouts ranging from 200 sq ft. - 1500+ sq ft.

Food trucks


Our food trucks are world famous, and are the perfect way to bring the Maine lobster experience to your neighborhood. Be part of the food truck craze with a truck that is sure to stand out from the rest.

We train in Maine


We’re the real deal. Being part of the Cousins Maine Lobster family means training in Maine. You’ll meet our lobstermen and hop on board their boats. You’ll bait and haul traps, measure lobsters for sustainability, and learn what makes our Maine lobster so special, following our product all the way from trap to truck or table.

The best lobster in the world


Wild-caught, sustainably harvested, premium lobster from Maine. Sourced from one of our seven partner wharves and caught by hometown Lobstermen we know and trust. Served with care and attention by knowledgeable staff with our signature Downeast Maine Hospitality.

Nationally Known,
Locally Owned

As seen in


Go into business for yourself, not by yourself

• Comprehensive multi-stage, multi-location training in advance of your opening. • Corporate trainers available for refresher training upon request/need. • Digital Bundle of marketing materials to print or use digitally to market your business. • Access to proprietary technologies that gives you a leg up on your competition and simplify daily operations. • Ongoing guidance from a Franchise Director to keep your business on track. • Use of our branding trademarks. • Simplified purchasing and distribution. • Access to our secret family recipes and operations manuals. • A personal CML liaison to provide onboarding, oversight on real estate site selection or truck builder, construction, design and buildout of restaurant. • Guidance for local advertising and marketing, and an effective local social media presence. • Access to a family of established Cousins Maine Lobster business owners to share wisdom & guidance!

Own a franchise
in 12 easy steps


Submit a franchise application.


Be contacted by a Cousins Maine Lobster franchise representative within 24 hours


Work with our franchise team to assess your market and complete the necessary due diligence to ensure CML is the right fit for you and your market.


Receive our UFDD and discuss with your franchise professionals. Then schedule a review call with our team.


Speak with Jim & Sabin about your proposed market & concept.


Discovery Day: come to LA and meet Jim, Sabin, & the corporate operations team.


Be awarded a franchise.


Connect with your personal CML liaison who will help you every step of the way in the launching of your food truck or restaurant.


Train in Maine: learn about Maine lobster from industry professionals.


Train in Los Angeles along with key members of your operational team.


Corporate trainer dispatched to your location in advance of your grand opening.


Grand Opening, with a Cousin in attendance!

Join the

01. Tell us about yourself

First Name*
Last Name*
Budget ($)*
Present business or employment*

02. Tell us about your market

Interested in*
Franchise preference*
Have you ever been a franchisee of another company?*
Do You Presently Own or Rent?*
Will other family members be involved in the franchise?*
Will this be your sole source of income?*
What’s your timetable in months?*
Please explain your understanding of your local food truck market and why you believe Cousins Maine Lobster food truck offering would be a success there:*

03. Extra credit

How did you hear about Cousins Maine Lobster franchising?*

*Disclaimer: This website and the franchise sales information on this site do not constitute an offer to sell a franchise. The offer of a franchise can only be made through the delivery of a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Certain states require that we register the FDD in those states. The communications on this web site are not directed by us to residents of any of those states. Moreover, we will not offer or sell franchises in those states until we have registered the franchise (or obtained an applicable exemption from registration) and delivered the FDD to the prospective franchisee in compliance with applicable law. Please know that our franchise offering requires an initial investment of $190,800 to $501,850 for our food trucks and $257,650 to $863,750 for our restaurants. If you can meet these requirements, we want to hear from you!

Complete the franchise sign-up form and join the Cousins Maine Lobster family!! Cousins Maine Lobster is looking for motivated, experienced business people to help us expand our brand of Maine lobster around the world.

We’re seeking franchisees who are committed to our brand, offering the highest quality food in a family-friendly environment with outstanding customer service, and offering Maine lobster every day from our official Cousins Maine Lobster food trucks.

We’re real cousins with a passion for the sweet, delicious Maine lobster we grew up eating. We started selling lobster rolls out of a single truck in the spring of 2012. After a lot of hard work (and a good amount of fun) we now have a fleet of trucks and several franchise commitments throughout the United States.

Our commitment to quality food and great customer service has led to our being featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, The Chew, the Katie Couric show, CNBC, FOX, and QVC! We’ve been named the LA Hot List’s #1 Food Truck in LA two years in a row and Tasting Table named us the “Best Lobster Roll on the West Coast” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. Our passion, our nationally recognized brand, our customer loyalty and our awesome lobster rolls make us special. If you’re looking to own your own business and are ready to start selling the #1 lobster rolls in America, sign up here to join our family.


Cousins Maine Lobster will respond to all inquiries within 24 hours to set up a call and further discuss the due diligence process, initial investment requirements, and your market area.