The Legion fish fry made its post-COVID return last Thursday and demand was higher than ever – orders sold out by about 6 p.m. as hopeful customers were turned away.
NOTL Legion branch 124 president Paul Eramian said before shutting down this spring the fry was always well-received. The influx of people out for its first reopening could have been due to a number of factors, he said.
“It was the absence of it, I think people wanted to come back and see what’s going on,” he said.
Being awarded The Lake Report’s NOTL's Choice Award may have also turned on some people to the fry, he added.
“Any one of those that did not come to our fish fry before and read your article, I’m sure it had a great impact. Give it a shot, right,” he said. “They might not even have known that we were around, believe it or not.”
With social distancing restrictions in place, Eramian said the fry needed to change the way it operates. Instead of customers walking in and ordering with the option to eat inside, it instead ran as a drive-thru.
He said he was “disappointed” some customers were sent away without their orders last week. Legion volunteers are working hard to plan a smoother event this Thursday.
The fish fry runs every Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Legion headquarters on King Street.