September 05, 2008


By Max Showalter •

September 4, 2008

On Sunday, "Stanley" was swimming in the warm waters off the coast of Key West, Fla.

Today, the 37-pound, 5-foot-long hammerhead shark is resting on a bed of ice at D&R Fruit & Meat Market, 105 N. Creasy Lane in Lafayette.

On Saturday, the fierce looking shark will be roasted by D&R owner Pat Johnson, who will give out free samples of the meat as long as it lasts.

"The only difference between this and a 400-pound hammerhead is the length and girth. On Saturday we'll bone it out and cook it," Johnson said. "It will be just like our hog roasts, but it will be a shark roast. We're going to have a good time and enjoy some shark."

The shark will be on display at the store from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Friday, and the free samples will be available after 3 p.m. Saturday. That might attract some fans heading home from the Northern Colorado-Purdue football game at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.

The shark will be served at D&R Barbecue and Catering, which also is in the D&R Plaza.

"This is the first time we've had anything like this. I'm looking forward to Saturday and seeing what Pat does with it," said D&R seafood manager Dave Gray.

He gave the "Stanley" moniker to the hammerhead shark that was caught Sunday in 1,000 feet of water by a Key West fishing boat captained by Tim Lycke.

The store frequently has sea bass, halibut, mako shark, oysters and other shellfish available for customers to purchase.

"What I think is great is that Pat tries to educate people," said Lafayette resident Kyle Wilcrout, who is a chef and got a good look at the shark while shopping Wednesday.

"I frequent this place all the time. It's hard to find a grocery store that has the things I'm looking for."

Please comment on this article in the newspaper & if you live in the Lafayette Indiana area...please try to get there Saturday and protest this bbq. Spoil their "good time"





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