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Small Business Snapshot: Beal's Lobster Pier

Credit: Stu Snyder/Beal's Lobster Pier

Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Stu Snyder, co-owner of Beal's Lobster Pier, explains how this image represents his business.

Beal's Lobster Pier in Southwest Harbor (Mt. Desert Island/Bar Harbor) is one of the most famous dockside seafood restaurants and lobster piers in Maine. Our menu offers everything from lobster to cod, and our diners have spectacular view of the harbor. We also supply the finest restaurants with our fresh lobster and seafood, caught directly by local Maine fishermen. The above photo shows the kind of seafood we sell: Fresh, off the boat. Nothing frozen. Nothing shipped.

Beal's Lobster Pier started in 1932 and was family-owned for three generations when I bought it with my partner. We bought the business because our families have been going to Mt. Desert Island for more than 30 years, have enjoyed Beal's immensely over the years and wanted to see Beal's continue to exist and prosper for today's and future generations.

Since then, we have made it even more spectacular by adding a more diverse menu and pier experience. We have also expanded our Beal's at Home service where we ship our pier-fresh lobsters overnight nationwide – perfect for that dinner party, special events and gifts.

Our core business is driven by the tourists coming to the area, so we are always impacted both positively and negatively by this. Thankfully, Acadia National Park celebrated its 100th anniversary and Beal's is celebrating 85 years, so right now many families are coming to our area to enjoy the park and the island. Going forward, we are focused on doing the best job possible of taking care of guests who visit us, expanding our Beal's at Home online service, and growing the overall Beal's Lobster Pier brand with more locations and seafood spreads and butters at retail locations. 

Edited for brevity and clarity by Nicole Fallon.