The day that lovers of fried clams have waited for has finally arrived: Bob’s Clam Hut in Portland opened Thursday.

The restaurant, located on the corner of Washington and Cumberland avenues, is just the second location for the seafood shack since the original Bob’s Clam Hut roadside stand opened in Kittery in 1956. The Portland restaurant, at the base of Munjoy Hill, seats 24 and includes a patio with extra picnic table seating for 56. The patio is decorated with an abstract mural by local artist Maia Snow.

The Portland menu includes old favorites such as clam chowder, jumbo lobster rolls, and clams two ways: dredged in a blend of flours with no seasoning, and “Lillian’s-style,” which first dips the clams in egg wash for more crunch. They’re named after Lillian Mangos, a longtime cashier at the Kittery restaurant.

Look for a few new menu items as well, including a fried lobster tail basket and seafood tacos (clam, fish or oyster) topped with slaw, smoked paprika aioli and pickled onions.

The new restaurant will serve a rotating selection of local craft brews, wine and cider, and milkshakes made with Rococo Artisan Ice Cream.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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