In recent years, he’s tried different cooking projects, and even a $1250/night Airbnb houseboat rental in Far Rockaway (that literally sunk), but nothing compares to the highly personal nature of the Dr. Klaw operation, and his mission to supply diehard lobster roll fanatics with something they can’t get anywhere else. “Everybody’s like, ‘Do a pop-up at Smorgasbord,’ and I'm like, you're missing the point,” he says. “The whole point is that it’s like a food rave. The whole word of mouth was real. You had to vouch for somebody, and it’s all very organic.”
But now, Sargent’s in the last days of a $45,000 Kickstarter campaign to resurrect Dr. Klaw: a solo cross-country road trip/cooking show, livestreamed via Periscope, featuring his custom-built lobster motorcycle and pop-up food events. He likens it to a choose-your-own-adventure book, where viewers can watch in real time as he hunts for Dr. Klaw, dropping in on a downloadable app and helping decide the course of his trip as he tracks down “genuinely crazy, underground” fishermen and seafood chefs at the dock that you wouldn’t normally see on network TV.