Another Opening, A Hell Of A Show

Great food stories just follow Lloyd Allen around.

Westporters know him as the owner of the beloved Double L Farm Stand. But last night — in the midst of the blizzard — he found himself at the Westport Inn.

Starving.

Along with the rest of the packed-to-the-rafters guests.

Hunter King

Hunter King

Fortunately, the inn’s brand-new Red Hen restaurant — run by Hunter King, of the very popular King’s Kitchen at Southport Beach — was open.

Well, not exactly.

It was their very 1st day in business. They’d planned a nice, soft  opening.

It didn’t happen.

As the hordes descended, things got crazy.

Fortunately, a few diners jumped in to help.

People named Jed and Lexi cooked. Another guy — Christian — prepped food, waited tables and did everything else except slaughter a cow.

Jed and Lexi.

Lexi and Jed, on the job.

Luca Kupper — of Double L fame — chopped vegetables.

Ethan Lindenbaum and his mom Jamie walked to Stop & Shop to get more food.

And Lloyd himself washed dishes.

Breakfast this morning was even wilder.

Tonight, Lloyd says, they’re doing Mardi Gras: crawfish gumbo, Texas buffalo burger sliders with mozzarella, Cajun tacos and po’ boys.

Kinda makes you want to be stranded for a while, doesn’t it?

Luca, slinging meat.

Luca, slinging meat.

Lloyd Allen, washing dishes.

Lloyd Allen, washing dishes.

Jamie and Ethan Lindenbaum walked to Stop & Shop for supplies.

Jamie and Ethan Lindenbaum walked to Stop & Shop for supplies.

The Red Hen's gumbo is lookin' good.

The Red Hen’s gumbo is lookin’ good!

3 responses to “Another Opening, A Hell Of A Show

  1. John Hartwell

    What a great story. Instant community! Good luck to Hunter King and his new venture.

  2. John said the exact words that I was intending to write. What a wonderful story showing the best about the people involved and the town.

  3. Ilene Mirkine

    My sentiments exactly! Cant wait to try Hunter’s new restaurant…if I could only get there…