Dam tasty

Cape Bre­ton­ers lining up for BeaverTails

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE

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.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

BeaverTails em­ployee Re­becca Fraser said the truck is busy wher­ever it goes across the prov­ince but noth­ing com­pares to the re­sponse in Cape Bre­ton.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

A Triple Trip flavour pas­try from BeaverTails.

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