At the popular Red Barn Restaurant in Augusta, the breaded chicken yummies and seafood are a major attraction, so is the unconditional love everyone receives from owner, Laura Benedict when they visit. And starting on May 5, calling ahead and picking up take-out orders will be happening. We'll just have to be patient till it's safe to get a hug from Laura though. It's sure to be worth the wait.

Laura and the Red Barn have hosted countless charity events over the years bringing the tally of donations for needy neighbors over $1 million and counting.

"The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt" brought the story of her miraculous work to the nation back in 2016. The NBC News crew visited the Red Barn during a fundraiser for Honor Flight Maine. That great organization allows veterans to visit national monuments in Washington, DC for free.

I'm proud to say that I attended Cony High School with Laura in the 80's and I remember a smiling super-friendly face that continues to light the world today.

Over the weekend, Laura made an announcement on The Red Barn Facebook page that her customers will want to hear.

"It's time to get back to work! We will be offering call in and take-out only, and look forward to serving you soon. Here's our menu to get things started. We will be open THIS coming Tuesday through Sunday 11-6."


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