UPDATE: Frank Carpenteri, Jr., son of Garden Catering owner Frank, Sr., says that they the East Main and High Ridge locations are no longer part of the Garden Catering family, but that the business will be expanding (including a store in Norwalk on Westport Avenue).
We are also now 100% family owned and operated. Frank Carpenteri Sr., reopened Garden Catering back in 1991, and has been the principle owner ever since. We’ve had a few partners along the way, but have since consolidated our operations and are focusing on expansion and improving our existing stores.
To answer your question about the “original”, Garden Catering has been open since the late 70’s, when it was owned & operated by Lou Iandoli. Frank Carpenteri Sr. purchased the business from his family when Mr. Iandoli passed in the late 80’s. It would be tough to argue that anyone else came before us!
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An anonymous source — let’s call him Heath Whamond — alerts me to a name change at two-or-more Garden Catering locations in Stamford. The joint is now called “Reddi Rooster,” not to be confused with Top Chef’s Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster in Harlem, though they both serve fried chicken.
Previously, a split led to the Great Chicken Joe’s/Garden Catering Schism, which was way before my time. Heck, I’m not even sure which one came first, except that they are both good but people get all ornery about which one is the real deal.
Anywho, they will still have the high school with cones.
What’s going on?