By DANIEL KITTREDGE Opening a new Crepe Corner location in Pawtuxet Village has involved challenges owner Natacha Legein could never have imagined. But on Saturday, as the village bustled with activity, the mood was rightfully joyous. Asked what it meant
Opening a new Crepe Corner location in Pawtuxet Village has involved challenges owner Natacha Legein could never have imagined.
But on Saturday, as the village bustled with activity, the mood was rightfully joyous.
Asked what it meant to reach the grand opening of her restaurant’s second location, Legein’s voice brimmed with emotion. It was nearly eight months to the day after she was struck by a car on Broad Street, an incident that occurred as she left the business on the night before Crepe Corner’s new location had been scheduled to open.
“It means a lot,” she said. “We’ve come a long way and we’ve sacrificed a lot. It’s a happy day.”
After the September crash, which left Legein hospitalized with extensive injuries, members of the community rallied in support of her and her family. A GoFundMe page established by her husband and business partner, Anthony Adagboyi, raised nearly $50,000.
Of the Pawtuxet and Cranston communities, Legein said: “They’ve been so supportive. It’s just amazing. With everything happening during COVID, you know, all the turmoil happening in the country, to see that people can still have a good heart and be so supportive of a total stranger, to me, I will never forget that.”
While her condition has improved significantly, Legein said her recovery continues.
“I’m much better. I have, you know, bad days where everything hurts and it feels like I’m regressing. But then I have, most of my days are better days, are good days.”
On Saturday, a number of local officials visited Crepe Corner to celebrate its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor Ken Hopkins, joined by Economic Development Director Franklin Paulino, presented a citation to Legein and Adagboyi.
“Welcome to our city,” he said.
Ward 1 Councilwoman Lammis Vargas praised small businesses like Crepe Corner as “the backbone to our community.”
“I am very, very excited to be here, especially to see you,” she told Legein. She added: “Thank you for picking Cranston.”
State Sen. Joshua Miller, a small business owner himself, recalled visiting Crepe Corner’s original location in Smithfield. Ithas since moved to Westminster Street in Providence.
“It’s hard to image what we’ve done as small business people during the pandemic, and then to have your accident on top of that … It’s just an amazing effort, so it’s a great day,” he told Legein and Adagboyi.
Citywide City Council members Robert Ferri and Jessica Marino were also in attendance for Saturday’s event.
Crepe Corner’s new location is at 2170 Broad St. in Cranston. To learn more, visit crepecorneronline.com or follow the restaurant’s Facebook page.