Fry-day: 85kg of chips in four hours


Erik’s Fish & Chips owners have decided to go back for a second helping with the opening of a new food truck in Frankton.

Former Christchurch couple Erik and Anna Arndt reckon it’s down to the success of their Queenstown CBD business, which opened last December.

Anna says the decision was prompted by feedback from locals who kept asking when they were going to set up shop near Lake Hayes, Shotover Country and Arrowtown.

“There is a big population out here and it is a long way to drive into town for fish and chips. There is definitely a demand.”

The pair approached Shotover Garden Centre about plonking their truck down, hatched a plan and spent about $120,000 on the likes of a truck, resource consent and power connection.

It opened the week before last and they’ve been surprised by demand. Two Fridays ago, the team cooked 85 kilos of chips, from 4pm until 8pm.

While delighted at the support, Anna says the team struggled to keep up with orders – there was a 45-minute wait.

“Friday night was the biggest day we have ever done, it was bigger than WinterFest. We had only been open for four days and we were absolutely slammed.”

They’ve already made changes to get food out more quickly.

Erik says they have just purchased a portable truck for corporate events and weddings.