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Supporting first responders on fish fry Friday

Drive-thru fish fry in Town of Tonawanda
Fish Fries support local first responders in Town of Tonawanda
Posted at 8:53 AM, Apr 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-08 08:58:04-04

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — For the past 18 years, the Kenilworth Fire Volunteer Fire Department has been frying up fish and serving hundreds to hungry customers in their dining hall. It's a fundraiser that brings in much needed money, but looks a little different these days.

"It's important to the fire hall because we can take and use the funds that we get to be able to support's important because the fire hall is really a family of people," said Bob Lundquist, Fire Commissioner.

They used to go through 700 fish each week, but now they're limited to drive-thru.

"We have runners that come running in...people in here will package the items up and take them right out to the cars, it's a matter of minutes once you get your order taken," said Lundquist.

He says it's a lot of work for them to put it all together, especially with a rise in prices.

"It is difficult...the price of fish, the price of the oil and fish barely fit in the container because we've had to go from Styrofoam to plastic," said Lundquist.

So they've had to raise their prices from $12 to $15. They say these changes are exactly why it's so important to have people support them.

"It starts at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, but we have people lining up at 3:30," said Lundquist.

You can get a beer battered fish fry, breaded fish fry, shrimp or chicken tender dinner for $15. It's drive-thru only at 84 Hawthorne in the Town of Tonawanda from 4-7pm.

They're also always looking for volunteers to join them, if interested, you can call 716-838-1219 or email