Peavine Snack Shack Dinner Ride
Sunday, April 22, 2007
By: Ken O’Malley
With the mention of good seafood and excellent weather our club members come out of the woodwork to join the fun and Rita and I were joined by 20 others at the Kenner Tourist Information Center on Loyola Ave. near I-10. As promised we departed promptly at 11:45 to ensure arrival at the restaurant in time to secure all of the tables outside on the porch. It was a quick ride west on I-10 to the I-55 service road north and the turn off at Peavine road just a mile north of the junction.
Paddy and Larry Cook were there to greet us after securing our seating area. Keith, our contact at the restaurant made certain that we were all seated and added a few extra chairs placed at the end of the picnic tables for the overflow. As promised the seafood was excellent, especially the soft shell crab dinners that Rita and I enjoyed. After we were all seated the east wind off the lake picked up and made for cool dining but then I guess it beat the possibility of heat with humidity without any wind.
The restaurant is located at the very west edge of Lake Pontchartrain on reclaimed land that is now a small residential and commercial community. At one time in the early part of the last century it was a popular recreation area with a swimming beach and attractions. Then a hurricane swept through and wiped out everything! While strolling about after dinner we learned from locals that Hurricane Rita put six feet of water over the area and flooding isolated the community for over two weeks. Ken Gregoire was taken by a large camp on a large piece of property across from the restaurant that he suggested the club purchase as a club house. Despite the For Sale sign he did not approach the owners to ask for a price!After an extended chat-session in the parking lot everyone was off in different directions for afternoon rides or returning home to sleep off the excess food.