One of the seafood staples of the Connecticut shoreline officially opened for the season on Friday, despite the rain.
Abbott's Lobster in Noank launched its 70th season. Its owners said the business always opens on the first Friday in May.
Despite what the calendar said, there were concerns that the day didn't feel like May. Though they expected the weather to have an effect on the crowds, people lined up when the business opens at 11:30 a.m.
"I actually love it down here," Ashford resident Jill Cannon, who was the first person in line this year, said. "I couldn't wait to come down."
But for Abbott's, the weather hasn't dampened employees' spirits, either.
"[Last summer] was a terrific summer and we're expecting another terrific summer this year," said Deirdre Mears, owner of Abbott's Lobster. "After a couple of weekends in May, they'll all start coming out and it'll be summer again."
About 70,000 people were expected to flock to the shoreline seafood staple this season.
"We've been waiting all year for Abbott's to open back up after they closed for the winter," Mike Majewski, of Gales Ferry, said.
"I've never been here. I've been here twice, but they've been closed every time," Paul Elgart, of Harrisburg, PA, said. "I'm from Pennsylvania, so I'm looking forward to it."
For the restaurant that opened in 1947, they've seen all kinds of weather on opening day.
"I recall at one point we had a bit of snow, and during the season at times we've had a hurricane," former owner Jerry Mears said. "And other than that, it's not bad!"
Abbotts is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday until Memorial Day weekend. Then they're open seven days for the rest of the summer.
Check out the menu for Abbott's Lobster here.
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