LITCHFIELD — The Lobster Boat Restaurant on Derry Road is expected to expand soon.
On Tuesday, the local planning board granted site plan approval for a kitchen addition and the construction of an exterior roof for an existing outdoor patio. The restaurant is not expected to close during the renovation.
“The proposal on the plan is to expand the existing Lobster Boat Restaurant kitchen only by 365 square feet, and to place a roof of about 710 square feet over the existing outdoor seated patio,” said Richard Maynard, an engineer with Maynard and Paquette Engineering Associates of Nashua.
The local Lobster Boat restaurant is one of three in New Hampshire owned and operated by the Workinger family. The other sites are in Merrimack and Exeter.
Jay Minkarah, executive director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, said the expansion will not increase the restaurant’s seating capacity, stressing the patio already exists and the kitchen addition is relatively small.
“The roofline that is shown over the patio area I think actually enhances the aesthetic appeal of the building,” said Minkarah, adding it will also improve the functionality of the restaurant.
Maynard echoed that sentiment.
“There is nothing here that will increase traffic to the site,” he said.
The restaurant is located at 273 Derry Road on a nearly 6-acre parcel that also includes offices, retail space and a daycare facility.
“The addition is to the rear of the building,” Maynard said of the kitchen expansion.
Some landscaping will need to be removed and replaced to accommodate for the building addition, according to Ben Workinger Jr.
No new parking spaces are being recommended in the plans.
Maynard said The Lobster Boat Restaurant has operated well in Litchfield since 1982, and that the new updates will allow the family establishment to continue to thrive.
A larger kitchen area is expected to help employees prepare some of the restaurant’s favorite dishes, including lobster rolls, chowders, shrimp, fried clams, lobster bisque, burgers and more.