Owner & King of the Lobster Rolls
Steve grew up summering at Goose Rocks Beach and got his entrepreneurial start with a lemonade pushcart when he was a Bates sophomore. He likes to say that even though he works 18 hour days for six months straight every year, he hasn’t worked a day since he and his wife Jeni bought the place in 2000. He likes the lobster roll with both…after all, he invented it. He is our number one taste tester and seafood fan and would probably eat our fried clams for breakfast. Steve is extremely proud to have all three of his daughters working with him at The Clam Shack.
If Steve is not here, it means it’s off-season and he’s either traveling with his family, visiting a daughter at college, or scheming about a winter project that will just get completed the day before we open!
Assistant to the King
Betsey Mahoney fell into her position in the midst of realizing that she really needed a job on the water. She calls the Clam Shack her happy place, and her favorite job ever. She would choose a lobster roll with both, but is partial to our scallops and our boiled lobster. When not at work she can be found thinking about what she needs to get done the next time she is at work!
We were lucky that when the Kingstons bought the Shack in 2000, Mike came along with the place. While teaching foreign languages at Biddeford High School, Mike worked summers at Clam Shack Seafoods. When he retired after 38 years, he kept his summer gig with us and is starting his 22nd season here. Affectionately known as our mothershucker because of his speed and skill, his favorite memory of the Shack is shucking for 10 hours straight while preparing for NYC’s Lobster Rumble. His favorite seafood here is the lobster he sneaks while shucking, and tootsie rolls are his favorite candy.
Laura Burne is our revered book keeper, a recently delegated and much appreciated position. Laura grew up in Maine and she and her family live on a small farm in Kennebunkport. When not managing the books and bills, Laura can be found birthing lambs, carpooling daughters and volunteering for various local organizations.
Noah is a sophomore at Penn State and has been working at the Clam Shack for five seasons. Noah can typically be found in the window at the Shack taking orders or calling numbers. Noah is a competitive swimmer. His favorite part about working at the Clam Shack is getting to work with his best friends.
Caj is going to be a sophomore at Kennebunk High School in the fall and he just began his first season at the Shack. Caj loves to play baseball and his favorite thing to do in his spare time is play sports. He loves KitKats and if he had to be a sea creature he would surely be a narwhal.
Team: Squeeze of Lemon
Grace practically grew up at Goose Rocks Beach so she loves to talk to customers about the beloved beach day destination. She has just started her fifth season at the Shack, so her coworkers call her the Shack Queen. Grace loves pugs. When asked about her favorite memory it was, undoubtedly, impromptu dance parties in the Clam Shack.
Team: Both, obvi
Max knows all of the lyrics of Mama Mia by heart, and he also makes a mean lemonade. In his second season here at the Clam Shack Max can most often be found working at Aunt Marie’s Ice Cream. Max is headed into his Junior year at Kennebunk High School. His favorite Clam Shack menu item? Grilled Cheese.
Maggie, born and raised in Kennebunk Maine, has just begun her second season at the Clam Shack. She attends Kennebunk High School and will be a junior this coming year. She, like Jill, loves Sour Patch Watermelon. Her favorite Clam Shack memory? Being trained by her good friend Piper!
Team: Shhh I don’t actually like lobster!
Jill is a sophomore at Bates College and was born in Biddeford, Maine. She is a neuroscience major who just began her first year at the Clam Shack, where you can always find her in the take out window. Jill loves Sour Patch Watermelon and playing water polo.
Dick “Grampa” Beer is a retired middle school science teacher who is our resident handyman. He would choose both on a lobster roll, loves Riesen candies and haddock sandwiches. His favorite Clam Shack memory is convincing our J-1 students that his name is…his name. When not at The Clam Shack he can be found golfing or coming up with ridiculous, but quiet, wisecracks.
There are a lot of Clam Shack employees but there is only one Bryan. Bryan is a senior at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri who some day hopes to have his own radio show. He has been working at the Clam Shack for five seasons. His favorite Clam Shack memory is making food for Quentin Tarantino, he loves Muddy Bean Boots ice cream, and he can solve a rubix cube in under a minute.
Colby is a junior at Colgate University and has been working at the Clam Shack for as long as she can remember. The oldest of Steve’s three daughters, Colby grew up at the Shack and can often be found here even on her days off. Her favorite Clam Shack memory was filming Travel Channel’s Food Wars “even though Dad was a wreck.”
Piper is a Junior at Kennebunk High School and can typically be found working the lemonade cart at the Shack. The youngest of the three Kingston sisters Piper’s earliest memories of the Shack are from before she could walk. Piper’s favorite menu item is most definitely the lobster roll.
Team: Both…is that even a question?
Nathan is a senior at Kennebunk High School who has worked at The Clam Shack for 3 years. Nathan is a racewalker on the Kennebunk track team, loves dark chocolate peanut butter cups, and the movie Life of Pi. For lunch at the Shack, Nathan would choose a clam lunchbox and a fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Ognjen (Oggy) comes from Montenegro and has joined The Clam Shack team just for the summer. At home in Montenegro, Oggy is studying culinary management and hopes to get his degree within the year. When asked about a hidden talent Oggy said that its so hidden even he hasn’t found it yet. If Oggy had to be a sea creature he would be a dolphin.
Tim just began working at the Clam Shack this season! He is headed into his senior year at Kennebunk High School in the fall. Tim, a fantastic jazz musician, can be found playing his saxophone often, but on a day off you will likely find him riding his bike around town instead. Tim loves Hershey’s Chocolate Bars and the movie Inside Out.
Team: Go Both or Go Home
Carlton has been making lobster rolls at the Clam Shack for 4 years now and you could say he’s become a bit of an expert. Carlton is headed to UNH in the fall where he plans to pursue a major in business. His favorite Clam Shack memory? Riding down the street in the back of Steve’s truck holding a ladder.
Pasha, a native of the Ukraine, has been working at the Clam Shack for many seaons. Our go to seafood chef, Pasha knows how to make a mean fried clam. Pasha says his favorite part about working at the Clam Shack is his day off. During said days off you can usually find him catching up on sleep.
Will is a Senior at Weelock College, born and raised in Kennebunk, Maine. Will has been at the Clam Shack for 6 years and he says that the best part is his friendships with coworkers that he’s made over the years. In his free time Will likes to golf and his favorite ice cream flavor is Muddy Bean Boots.