Extended family thankful for Lynn
Tears welled as Lynn Brown watched strangers clean plates they’d piled high with turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, ham and all kinds of sides.
Thanksgiving Day is always emotional for the owner of Lynn’s Place, who annually opens her Robbinsville restaurant for a free Thanksgiving lunch. Friday marked the 13th consecutive year Lynn, her family and workers gave away several hundred dollars’ worth of food to anyone and everyone who visited the “closed” restaurant between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“Each year we have first-timers. We have some today. They can’t believe we do it,” Lynn said.
At least a third of Lynn’s Place’s 80 seats were occupied by family. “I have a lot of relatives,” Lynn said with a laugh. The other two-thirds of those dining surely felt like family as Lynn moved from table to table.
“I want to feed whoever wants to eat here,” Lynn said.
Smiles were as abundant as slices of pumpkin pie. Laughter flowed freer than gravy.
Newcomers were as welcome as familiar faces.
“Go through and get yourself a plate; we’ve got plenty.” If Lynn said it once, she said it 50 times.
The bounty of eats was primarily due to the generosity of Lynn and her husband Billy, but they weren’t the only givers.
“Sysco donated some things,” Lynn said. “Everybody brings stuff, Janelle brought deviled eggs.”
It’s a lot of work, but the hugs make the labor of love worthwhile.
“Every year I say to myself, ‘I’m not going to do it anymore’, but what would we do if we didn’t do this?” Lynn said. “I don’t care who comes. I just want everyone to come and enjoy it, and we enjoy doing what we do.”