WALLINGFORD — The day started early at Scotty’s Breakfast nook on Hall Avenue Tuesday morning.
“People in New England love to go out in the snow and see what’s going on,” said owner Scotty Vincent.
Regulars streamed through the tiny eatery for eggs over easy and omelets mixed and flipped by Vincent, and served by his wife Lori Vincent.
“We’ve had a pretty busy morning,” Lori Vincent said. “We get a lot more sandwich to-go orders when it snows.”
Joe Severino was one of many regulars who stopped for lunch in between appointments.
“They’re talking three to four inches an hour,” Severino said. “It don’t look that way. I’m just getting tired of waiting for spring.”
Other customers were plow drivers, road and utility workers, or fans who counted on the small diner for a warm meal and refillable coffee.
Scotty’s Breakfast closed once last year when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy implemented a travel ban on state roads, Lori Vincent said.
“All the town guys were like ‘where were you?’” she said. “So we don’t close anymore.”
Thurston Foods driver Ken Benoit was delivering at Henry’s restaurant at 337 N Colony St. in between breakfast and lunch. Benoit visited 16 small businesses Tuesday, and only a deli and small grocery were closed.
“I guess they didn’t want to take a chance,” Benoit said.
Henry Pellerin served about 10 to 12 customers before lunchtime, less than usual but not bad considering the storm hype, he said.
“People who go out in storms go out in all storms,” Pellerin said.
He arrived at his small shop at the usual time 6:45 a.m. and braced himself for a long day serving customers breakfast, lunch and dinner, while preparing his “winter comfort food.” A part-time employee lives within walking distance if he needs an extra set of hands.
“I make sure I have plenty of beef stew and chicken pot pie on days like this,” Pellerin said. “Just the consistency of them, knowing I’m open, brings them in.”
He said his regulars know to look for the neon “open” sign in the front and how to find the parking in the rear.
“The neighborhood folks know to pull around the back,” he said. “I get a lot of regulars.”