Rainy, raw weather hurting seasonal businesses


NOANK, Conn. (WTNH) — Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank is known for its hot lobster rolls, but hot coffee has also been included in quite a few orders. Rainy weather has been rough on the shoreline business. The heat is on and the doors are closed.

“Had to warm up,” said Nancy Golden, who hails from Santa Barbara, Calif. “Even though the car was warm, I just got cold thinking about all the rain.”

She and Sibyl McCormac Groff always stop at Abbott’s during their annual trip to Newport, rain or shine. They say it’s usually warmer than it was Tuesday.

“Yes, but I’ve seen it when it’s been bucketing rain too,” adds McCormac Groff.

“The sad thing is so we have to call off employees,” said owner Deirdre Mears. “There’s obviously no customers, no work.”

On the brighter side, Mears says workers can catch up on folding bibs and stocking up. As for the lobster lovers, there is little wait and plenty of seats available inside and out.

“I’m from Minnesota so I’m used to it, but I was kind of thinking it would be a little warmer here,” said customer Lori Katz with a laugh.

The rain did shut down Abbott’s other half, Costello’s Clam Shack in the Noank Shipyard, and apparently halted work on a nearby house under construction.

“If you have too many of these there’s just no recovering,” said Mears.

Fortunately the sun is expected to return tomorrow ending the first rainy streak of the season.

“It started out great this year and I’m sure it will get great again,” says Mears.

The weather also delayed the release of an 18 pound lobster they had on Memorial Day weekend when people could take pictures with it.

That huge lobster will now be released back into the wild tomorrow.

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