There’s a new king of the Canteen.
He walked through the Canteen Lunch in the Alley door Friday night, and employees were still talking about it over the weekend.
Canteen employee Kelly Boughton said Rich Roggeman of Indiana came in with a large group. One of the friends and relatives had tried to break the record, which was 12 canteens, but had been stopped cold at five.
He came back Friday and brought another member of the group, Roggeman, who said he felt up to the challenge.
Roggeman then proceeded to eat 13 canteens in a row, said Boughton.
She couldn’t recall just how long the feat had taken. Maybe an hour and 45 minutes, she estimated.
“It was exactly two hours,” called out another of the servers who’d been there.
The previous king was said to have been an Ottumwan, Tom Arnold’s nephew, who finished a dozen canteens in one sitting.
The ladies behind the counter said they don’t let people attempting the record get away with anything.
They were conversing amongst themselves, discussing how strict they were when counting sandwiches toward the record number of canteens consumed.
Eating “most” of a sandwich doesn’t count, they agreed, nor does “just ordering” a bunch without eating them all.
So how big was this Indiana guy?
“He had some [well-defined] abs on him,” said Boughton “He told us he weighed 145 lbs ... before the sandwiches.”
There’s a new king of the Canteen.
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