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Pequot Library Lives!

It takes a while for news to travel from Southport to Westport.

This week, the Fairfield RTM voted 44 to 3 to restore $350,000 to the Pequot Library budget. The cut — made 3 weeks earlier by the Board of Finance — had threatened the existence of the 124-year-old library. (If you’re wondering, this became an “06880” story because many Westporters use — and love — the Pequot Library.)

The Pequot Library.

The Pequot Library.

With that done, if you’re looking for another endangered Fairfield place to support, check out King’s Kitchen. That’s the Southport Beach farm-to-table concession stand, operated by Staples graduate Hunter King (who also just opened the Red Hen restaurant, in the Westport Inn).

The town of Fairfield will not aid in rebuilding the beach stand’s foundation, heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. FEMA has also denied funds, and Hunter’s insurance payment is not enough.

“06880” will continue to monitor developments of our friends over in “06890.”

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!