Cape Bretoners lining up for BeaverTails
There was a dam good reason for a long lineup in Glace Bay on Tuesday.
“We were just driving by and saw the line and stopped,” said Christina Johnson of Glace Bay.
A BeaverTails mobile truck was set up in the Schwartz parking lot on Commercial Street creating a long line that grew all afternoon as word spread.
“I had never heard of a line this big in Glace Bay before so I knew it must be something good,” Johnson said.
The fried dough pastries, which are individually hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail, come with a choice of nine different toppings.
Johnson, who was accompanied by boyfriend Marc Corbin, was eager to try one and the couple was waiting for a cinnamon sugar BeaverTail and a maple-flavoured one.
Corbin said he tried a BeaverTail pastry in 2009.
“From what I remember they are very good and quite sweet — real sugary.”
Kyle Hunter was patiently waiting in the BeaverTail line along with Tara Green and her daughter Anna O’Brien.
“I had my first one in Halifax about three years at a permanent spot on the waterfront. “
Last year Hunter had tried to get one at the RibFest in Sydney but said they ran out.
“This year they said because they had ran out last year they brought lots more but still ran out again anyway.”
As soon as hearing about the BeaverTails truck in Glace Bay, he headed out.
“I was very excited and came out to get in line right away.”
Jamie Williams, originally of Sydney Mines, and his wife Sonja, formerly of Cheticamp, purchased the Nova Scotia mobile BeaverTails franchise from the about two and a half years ago. The own the BeaverTails at Ski Martock in Windsor and more recently purchased the Halifax waterfront franchise.
The company formed in 1976 selling the tasty treat on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa using family recipe originated by Grant Hooker’s grandmother..
“They created a piece of iconic Canadiana with this,” Jamie Williams said.
“These are deliciously wholesome fried pastries topped with incredibly high quality ingredients. There are 119 franchises worldwide now.”
A former teacher, Williams says he loves being an entrepreneur.
“We live in Halifax but we both have lots of family in Cape Breton and we own property here and pay taxes here.”
The truck is brought to Cape Breton events whenever possible and employees are hired locally.
RibFest was amazing, Williams said.
“It took an hour and a half sometimes to get to the order window. The lineups were 200 people deep.”
Colton Campbell, 10, of Glace Bay visited a BeaverTails in Moncton and couldn’t wait to get another one Tuesday.
“They are good, really good,” Campbell said.
“It’s all the stuff you get on it that makes it so good. “
Campbell said his mother heard the BeaverTails truck was in Glace Bay Tuesday so they headed out.
“We were going to the grocery store so stopped here too.”
Rebecca Fraser, an employee of the truck, said it was steady all day in Glace Bay.
Fraser said they take the truck to various events across the province and BeaverTails are popular everywhere —particularly in Cape Breton.
“They are popular everywhere but nothing can compared to what it is like here.”
Anyone who suddenly feels a craving coming on might want to take a drive. The BeaverTails mobile will be on Pitt Street in Sydney Mines on today 3-10 p.m., weather permitting.
Colton Campbell, 10, of Glace Bay waits patiently at the BeaverTails mobile set up on Commercial Street in Glace Bay on Tuesday where a long line remained steady throughout the day after word got out it was there. Campbell said he had tried BeaverTails pastry before in Moncton and couldn’t wait to get another one.
BeaverTails employee Rebecca Fraser said the truck is busy wherever it goes across the province but nothing compares to the response in Cape Breton.
A Triple Trip flavour pastry from BeaverTails.