One of South Australia’s most iconic BIG things, Larry The Lobster, has yet again, taken on a new lease of life.
With his future looking uncertain a number of times over the last few years, South Australia can now collectively give a sigh of relief that he’s here to stay.
As one of rural Australia’s ‘Big Things’ that was built 40 years ago, the 17m-tell crayfish has been an SA tourism destination for decades, but despite his popularity as a photo stop, he was desperately in need of some TLC and the funds just weren’t there.
In 2016, after hearing about Larry’s financial strife, Hamish and Andy launched the #PinchAMate campaign, to raise funds to save the big lobster, after receiving an email from Kingston local Gordon Shreeves.
While the fundraising helped with a refurbishment of the lacklustre Lobster, it wasn’t enough to save him, and last year, there was talk of Larry permanently relocating to WA after an interested party considered buying the supersized seafood icon.
Then, as happens in every good disaster-aversion story, local hero Tom Brinkworth swept in at the last minute, and bought not only Larry, but the restaurant building behind the coveted crustacean.
Since that moment in September 2018, plans have been underway to bring some fresh life to the location.
Janet’s Takeaway just opened at Larry the Lobster earlier this month, and it’s already getting great reviews.
Larry the Lobster – lovely to see you open again!! Perfect coffee and Cakes, Janet’s Fish & Chips, Awesome play area for kids. What else could you want!!Wendy Gogel
Janet’s menu feature a solid breakfast offering, including all the favourites, alongside lunch and dinner staples like seafood platters, mixed grill, schnitzels, warm chicken salads, plus a variety of ready-made sandwiches, wraps and rolls.
The take-away menu is also extensive, serving up the usual options including burgers, seafood, yiros, hot dogs, chicken, and all your old school fish & chip shop staples. Pineapple fritter anyone?
So whether Larry the Lobster is your stopover on a drive down the Limestone Coast, or you’re staying locally, make sure you get along to Janet’s and support Larry’s long life as a giant SA tourism destination.
Janet’s Takeaway is open 9am-7:30pm daily. Visit their Facebook page here.
17 Princes Highway, Kingston S.E. 5275