Jessica’s Backyard & Lobster Shack is a sanctuary for CT residents


On a quiet summer season night in Marlborough, the meals shack at Jessica’s Backyard releases the scent of heat butter and the sounds of a grill cooking, the shack’s vibrant pink paint showing within the reflection of the lily pond close by. Somebody simply ordered certainly one of its fashionable lobster rolls.

The contemporary lobster meat is served in a grilled bun, each of that are doused in actual butter. In keeping with co-founder Jessica Carroll, the meals merchandise is without doubt one of the many qualities that separates Jessica’s Backyard & Lobster Shack from different out of doors eating areas within the state. 

“There are individuals who come right here religiously for lobster. You do not have to drive all the way in which to the shore,” she stated. “There are specific folks that come right here only for their birthday. Households get collectively from all completely different states, and so they all meet right here.”

Jessica’s Backyard & Lobster Shack on East Hampton Street is an out of doors restaurant and backyard heart that additionally serves as an enormous yard for households. Since they began Jessica’s Backyard in 2004 after their honeymoon, Jessica and Matt Carroll have mixed their landscaping and meals trade abilities to keep up their native family-run enterprise for 18 years. 

Jessica’s Backyard lobster rolls include contemporary lobster, actual butter and a grilled bun, Matt Carroll stated.

Matt Carroll/Contributed photograph

Jessica stated the backyard serves as a sanctuary from the stressors of the skin world. 

“It is only a break out of your regular day, particularly for people who find themselves native,” she stated. 

Whether or not friends want consolation meals or a quiet place to assume, the backyard has one thing for everybody. Behind the pink meals shack and backyard heart, a rope swing hangs by a big oak tree, adults socialize on the picnic desk or learn in one of many rocking chairs and youngsters compete in a critical recreation of seize the flag or play within the miniature home. 

The ambiance is sort of as calm because the lily pond, which is encircled by a strolling path and fairy backyard. On the path, individuals can discover small fairy homes, miniature statues and a wide selection of vegetation like Clethra, a shrub with white flowers and a robust scent. The one sounds are crickets, birds and generally the toads that stay within the pond. 

Jessica's Garden 

Jessica’s Backyard 


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Jessica's Garden 

Jessica’s Backyard 


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Jessica's Garden 

Jessica’s Backyard 


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Jessica's Garden 

Jessica’s Backyard 


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Jessica’s Backyard has loads of options to maintain youngsters entertained.

Rising up in East Hampton, Jessica knew of the sanctuary lengthy earlier than it turned her backyard heart and restaurant, she stated.

“I fell in love with the pond. I lived on this space. So I’ve all the time favored this little spot, after which it got here up on the market,” she stated. 

She purchased the property as a spot to maintain her landscaping gear and maintain a list of her timber and vegetation, but it surely was a backyard heart when individuals expressed curiosity in shopping for the greenery she grew. They ship mulch to clients in 15 completely different cities throughout the state and are open from March to the top of October. 

The choice so as to add an ice cream shack and different meals objects did not come till just a few years later after the Carrolls observed a decline in plant gross sales through the summer season.

“We thought, ‘How can we stability this enterprise and make it extra sustainable? And permit individuals to benefit from the property?’” Matt stated. 

The pink shacks that now promote ice cream and meals had been initially painted inexperienced to mix in with the remainder of the backyard, Jessica stated, however then a good friend visiting from Florida who had bother discovering them gave her an thought.  

“He’s like, ‘You actually need it to be a colour that is going to face out.’ And Florida has pink homes,” she stated. “I undoubtedly like issues to mix into nature. I do not wish to be a sore thumb. However if you need enterprise, you have to be a sore thumb, proper?” 

Jessica's Garden 

Jessica’s Backyard 


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Jessica's Garden 

Jessica’s Backyard 


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Jessica's Garden 

Jessica’s Backyard 


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Jessica's Garden 

Jessica’s Backyard 


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Pink buildings at Jessica’s Backyard (Abby Weiss / Hearst Connecticut Media)

The menu consists of Gifford’s ice cream (they even promote ice cream for canine), grilled cheese sandwiches, pulled pork, smoothies, children meals served on frisbees and sizzling canine, which they feed to the bass within the pond. They’re at the moment constructing a brand new kitchen and indoor eating area, which is anticipated to open within the spring of 2023. With the brand new kitchen, they plan so as to add French fries, onion rings and extra seafood choices, Matt stated. They’ve additionally partnered with Burger Heaven & Candy Açai in Portland, and plan to deliver its açai bowls to Jessica’s Backyard. 

Matt stated including high quality meals has helped maintain their enterprise and has even drawn in loyal clients from throughout the nation.   

“We’ve got regulars who are available from California yearly and we’re their first cease. Folks journey from distant,” he stated. 

Apart from the menu, the backyard is consistently altering because of the climate. Jessica is on the backyard virtually every single day weeding, pruning and watering the vegetation. Three staff assist out on the weekends. 

Heavy rain can bury the fairy homes and generally gradual enterprise, a problem they hope the brand new inside eating area will repair. The warmth wave additionally impacts the standard of the vegetation and requires increased upkeep. Jessica stated whereas the warmth makes the vegetation more durable to keep up and requires her to work on a regular basis in the summertime, she is going to all the time maintain the backyard.  



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