Robert Plant and his backing band get a whole lotta love in North Carolina, despite the closed kitchen at a top eatery

CORRECTS CAPTION TO NOTE THAT GARLAND IS A RESTAURANT IN RALEIGH - FILE - In this June 28, 2014 file photo, Robert Plant performs on the Pyramid main stage at Glastonbury music festival, in England. Plant and his backing band, Sensational Space Shifters, made their way to Garland restaurant in Raleigh, N.C., after kicking off their U.S. tour on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, but the eatery was closed. The restaurant’s owners showed them a whole lotta love by feeding them free of charge. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

- Associated Press
Thursday, February 15th 2018, 13:25 pm EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Robert Plant was famished after kicking off his U.S. tour with the Sensational Space Shifters in Raleigh, North Carolina, but the kitchen was closed when the Led Zeppelin frontman took his backing band to Garland, a top eatery in town.

The restaurant's owners showed them a whole lotta love anyway, feeding them free of charge.

The News & Observer reports that Plant and his band were welcomed by Garland's owners — James Beard Award-nominated chef Cheetie Kumar and her husband, Paul Siler, who also have a band together.

Kumar whipped up several small plates, including warm hummus, fried cauliflower and a beet and persimmon salad. In return, the band sang her "Happy Birthday" and invited the couple to Sunday's Charlotte show.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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