Frynomenon

The Friskie Fry boom brings its fun fare to Barrington

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Who doesn’t love fried potatoes perfectly cut into rectangular pieces and smothered in an indulgence of toppings? Apparently, not many people in Rhode Island. The success of Friskie Fries has exploded all over the Ocean State ever since owners Tom Wright and Randy D’Antuono opened their quirky food truck in Providence. The “frynomenon” – as Tom and Randy refer to it – that ensued has allowed the restaurateurs to open up several shops in Johnston, Providence, and now, in Barrington.

Tom says that expanding the franchise to East Bay town was a kind of homecoming for him. Tom grew up in Barrington and graduated from its schools. When he saw that a space was open for him to plant his flag, he took it. There are very few drastic changes in the new store. The owners see it as a continuation and strengthening of the whimsical brand they’ve created. “As we continue to grow our company, we are adding more depth to our current brand,” says Tom.

This location has a selfie wall and free WiFi so that customers can surf the web while they munch. In addition, this Friskie Fries is one of only two stores that serve gluten-free fries. Tom says they’re still working on gluten-free topping combinations.

Where else will the business go after it conquers Rhode Island? Tom and Randy are looking north to larger markets in Boston and Salem, Massachusetts. From there, who knows?