Guy Breaks Into Restaurant So He Can Make Crab Cakes

Rachel Tepper Paley
August 5, 2014

Photo credit: Greg Rannells Photography/StockFood

Quick: It’s 1:30 a.m. and every restaurant in your neighborhood is closed, but you’re seriously craving a crab cake. What do you do? 

If your name is Stephen L. Quinn, the logical conclusion is to break into the nearest restaurant and cook them yourself. That’s what happened Thursday night, when the 41-year-old broke into Planet X Cafe in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Justine Zegna, the restaurant chef and co-owner, told us that she’s completely bewildered by the recent turn of events. “The whole thing is just ridiculous,” she said, noting that nothing so much as a robbery had ever occurred previously in Planet X’s nearly 20-year history.

"We’re famous for our crab cakes… and he was specifically there to get crab cakes," Zegna told us. All Quinn had to do was take a few pre-made cakes from the refrigerator—they’re simple affairs held together with homemade aioli, egg yolks, and, as is traditional on the Eastern shore of Maryland, crushed Ritz crackers—and stick them in the broiler for a few minutes.

Unfortunately for Quinn, police arrived on the scene and cut his midnight snack short: “I think he’d eaten one and was cooking a second when the police got there. He’d broken a glass door down and just went in.” 

Zegna said that she was relieved that nothing worse happened, and that at least she got a funny story out of it. 

As for Quinn’s motivations? “I’ve told you before, and I’ll say it again: ‘We make really good crab cakes,’” said Zegna.