After graduating from the International Culinary Center, Susan Povich, a Harvard-trained lawyer, opened The Cake Bar and Café to rave reviews. Ever the attorney, she quickly realized she knew nothing about running a restaurant and decided to sell. It was during this time that she met husband and business partner Ralph Gorham, who never really gave up on the idea.
In 2008, they found themselves the owners of a building with an empty storefront in the midst of the credit crisis. One November afternoon, while contemplating how to develop on the cheap, they sat down to a lunch of fresh lobsters they just brought back from Maine. Within a few bites, Ralph proposed they open a business selling the freshest Maine lobsters in NYC. Red Hook Lobster Pound, featuring a menu created by Susan, now operates two food trucks in Washington DC, one in NYC as well as stores in Brooklyn, Montauk and Manhattan.
In October 2012, Red Hook Lobster Pound suffered debilitating damage from Hurricane Sandy. After closing for four months, the lobster pound roared back and rebuilt to better sustain itself in its low-lying environment. In June of 2013, they were named best food truck in America by The Daily Meal.