JOIN THE COUSINS MAINE LOBSTER FRANCHISE FAMILY

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

Why cousins
maine lobster?

Brick & mortars

VERSATILE & EASY-TO-OPERATE RESTAURANT MODELS

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.

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Food trucks

GET IN ON THE ACTION

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.

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We train in Maine

BETTER GRAB YOUR FISHIN' BOOTS

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.

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The best lobster in the world

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE IN EVERY BITE

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.

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Nationally Known,
Locally Owned

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Support

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

  • 01

    Submit a franchise application.

  • 02

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

  • 03

    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.

  • 04

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

  • 05

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

  • 06

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

  • 07

    Be awarded a franchise.

  • 08

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

  • 09

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

  • 10

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

  • 11

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

  • 12

    Grand Opening, with a Cousin in attendance!

Join the
family!

01. Tell us about yourself

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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?*

03. Extra credit

*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, including California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin 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 $195,100 to $531,800 for our food trucks and $260,950 to $892,700 for our restaurants. If you can meet these requirements, we want to hear from you!

FAQs

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.