Medford native Sean Abrams started with a trailer, from which he was selling funnel cakes and deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies.
He called the business Fry Daddy’s. It was instantly popular.
Still, it seemed the teams in the bigger food trucks were reeling in much more money than he was at the festivals. To compete, Abrams upgraded his wheels and he added gourmet fries to the menu offerings.
It was on.
“I said, I’m going to build a big food truck and we’re going to come up with something cool,” Abrams told GreaterPatchogue. “So, we came up with these French fries with all these gourmet toppings, something nobody was really doing, and people just went nuts for them. Philly cheesesteak fries, chicken and bacon ranch. Just crinkle cut fries with all crazy toppings.”
That was two years ago. Now people could go nuts for Fry Daddy’s all-year long at 58 South Ocean Avenue in Patchogue, in the old Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame building across from James Joyce Irish pub.
Fry Daddy’s is just weeks from opening to the public. Abrams is thinking the grand opening will be in early December, possibly as soon as Dec. 1.
Abrams is going in on the business with his friends and, now, business partners Patricia Barna and Frank Murphy.
The space is 1,200 square feet and seats 26, including six at the front window stools. The menu items will also include burgers with meat delivered daily from Chubb’s in Medford. There’s also turkey and veggie burgers, even chopped salads for the more health conscious.
The namesake deep-fried offerings will include the staple Oreos and Twinkies, but also deep-fried Sundaes and more, Abrams says.
Fry Daddy’s will be open until around 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights with a menu that will also include some deep-fried and traditional breakfast dishes. Follow Fry Daddy’s on Facebook for updates and hours.
There’s also wine and beer available, with 10 different tap lines.
“We’re doing a ton of craft beers and we’ll be pushing growlers,” Abrams said.
Judging by his experience dishing fries and treats at Alive After Five, Abrams said he’s confident Fry Daddy’s will be a big hit downtown.
“We’ve already built a huge following,” he said. “It’s crazy.”
Top: Sean Abrams sits in one of the booths at his new Fry Daddy’s Monday in Patchogue. (Credit: Michael White)