The origins of the Old Port Lobster Shack actually arose serendipitously through a fated meeting resulting from a bumped plane ride. Paul Blatt, a friend of the Old Port Lobster Shack's owner, Russell Deutsch, sat next to a woman named Lynn Brown on a plane ride to Washington D.C. The two hit it off and exchanged numbers. That night, when Paul got home, he called Russell and told him "I just met your future wife." Russell grew up in the Boston area and was in the lobster exporting business. Lynn was born and raised in the Bay Area. Russell called Lynn several times and she eventually flew to Boston to meet him in person. Thirteen weeks later, at a surprise birthday party for Lynn, Russell gave her the ultimate birthday gift: a proposal for marriage. Delightfully, she accepted and Russell relocated to Redwood City.