New Jersey

The Lobster House Restaurant

QUESTION:  What is the name of the red carotenoid molecule called that, when combined with an abnormal protein, causes the distinctive blue color of one in every two million lobsters?
A)  This is too easy to answer, so I won't deign to try.
B)  Astaxanthin
C)  Mexylprotanthin
D)  Flagrocyasin

Cape May, New Jersey is a wonderful destination if you're looking for a relaxing, somewhat high-end beach community. Of course, the question of where to go for dinner might arise if you make the journey, and that's where the American Treasure Tour might be of service. Located in the Toy Box, on our matchbox display right inside the door, is a matchbook advertising The Lobster House Restaurant, located at Fisherman's Wharf. For all the matchbooks we have discussed thus far, The Lobster House is actually the first restaurant so honored that remains in business to this day, with no indication of that changing any time soon. The restaurant was established by the local Laudeman family, Wally and Marijane, as an extension of The Cold Spring Fish & Supply Company, back in 1955.  The land on which the wharf is attached came into the family in 1939 when Wally's father, Jess, bought it from the Reading Railroad. 

It is very safe to say the Laudeman family has done with the wharf, the fish company, and the restaurant. In fact, Lobster House is on a list of fifty of the most profitable privately owned restaurants in the country. While lobster is in their name, their true specialty is New Jersey scallops.  Current owners Keith, Donna, and Randy Laudeman, two brothers and a sister, all work together managing the entire enterprise.  The restaurant seats 550, and there is a schooner abutting it called The American which serves as a cocktail bar. There is also a raw bar today. All this, and we have the matchbook to show off right here at the American Treasure Tour!

ANSWER:  B).Astaxanthin.  Or possibly A) if you're an expert on lobster coloration.  Full disclosure, we completely made up the last two words.  We hope they sound scientific, if nothing else.