FU­RI­OUS START

Belfast man blown away by suc­cess of food truck busi­ness

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY DAVE STE­WART dave.ste­wart@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/DveSte­wart

Over­whelm­ing sup­port for Frank Buffa’s new busi­ness in Belfast, Fu­ri­ous Franks.

Frank Buffa has lit­er­ally been over­whelmed at the sup­port his new busi­ness has been get­ting in Belfast.

A lit­tle more than a week ago, he set up a food truck called Fu­ri­ous Franks on the Tran­sCanada High­way, on the for­mer prop­erty of the Higher Ground Café and Selkirk Lob­ster Sup­pers.

Op­er­at­ing Thurs­day to Sun­day, he hoped it would be a hit with the lo­cals and tourists. It’s been more than a hit. He has sold out of food ev­ery day long be­fore clos­ing.

“I’ve got to get a big­ger fridge,’’ he joked when asked about the de­mand. “I was kind of hop­ing to ease into it.’’

Buffa and his fam­ily, wife Marta and chil­dren Sofia, 11, and Nino, 9, moved to P.E.I. from Hamil­ton, Ont., two years ago, set­tling in Belfast.

Buffa, a baker from the age of 9 to 22, op­er­ated a restau­rant in On­tario, aptly called Nino’s af­ter his son. The hours got to be too much for him. He sought a qui­eter life to raise his young fam­ily and chose to move to P.E.I. “I just got tired the life of work­ing all the time; not hav­ing fam­ily time, even on your days off you’re work­ing. I loved the restau­rant; I loved the cook­ing as­pect of it; I loved deal­ing with peo­ple but I also love my fam­ily and not see­ing them was a big bur­den.’’

He re­calls mov­ing to P.E.I. was scary but the com­mu­nity im­me­di­ately wel­comed the fam­ily with open arms.

“One of the first things was some­one ap­proached me about my son, Nino, join­ing the (lo­cal) hockey team. He had never skated be­fore. I was wor­ried. The boys were so great and wel­com­ing and now he skates great. He even has a cou­ple of goals. Be­ing part of the hockey com­mu­nity has helped me min­gle with peo­ple here,’’ said Buffa who grew up on a farm north of Toronto. Marta has a job with In­vesco in Char­lot­te­town but helps out in the food truck when she can. She quit her job to work in the restau­rant in Hamil­ton but Buffa doesn’t want his wife mak­ing the same sac­ri­fice this time.

Any­one look­ing for some part-time work is asked to call Buffa at 902-388-0225.

The name, Fu­ri­ous Franks, came from lo­cal young­ster Quintin Beck, son of Jeff and Deb­bie Beck af­ter Quintin watched a Fu­ri­ous Pete food show. In re­turn, Buffa named his sig­na­ture ham­burger, the ‘Q’ burger. He gets his food lo­cally, too. His beef comes from Schur­man’s while the pota­toes for his Is­land-cut fries come from Visser’s. The seafood is sourced from MR Seafoods.

DAVE STE­WART/THE GUARDIAN

Frank Buffa moved his fam­ily, wife Marta and two chil­dren, Sofia, left, and son Nino to P.E.I. two years ago. A lit­tle over a week ago he opened a food truck called Fu­ri­ous Franks on the Tran­sCanada High­way in Belfast. Need­less to say, busi­ness has been boom­ing.

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