For 32 years, a refurbished school bus sat along the water’s edge in Killarney, selling fish and chips — but now that iconic bus is gone.
However, the business inside the bus is still open in a temporary location and is getting ready to move into a larger space.
“We are under construction with the fish house, or processing plant,” Jennifer Herbert said.
She and her husband operate the business in the community.
“The industry for commercial fishing is what pushed the change. Instead of what we were working out of, which the municipality owned, [we will move] into a modern building and where my husband wants to take the fishing industry for the next generation for our son and daughter.”
Bus parts featured in new building
Herbert said moving the bus was challenging, both emotionally and logistically.
“It took a little bit of time to pull [it] out of place. But they pumped up the tires and … they pulled [it] back, attached a vehicle to her,” she said.
“It just seemed like a funeral. It was the end and the bus was being taken away.”
But Herbert said elements of the bus will be featured in the new, two storey building, set to be done in September.
“We have paintings, [as] some artists in the community have given us work,” she said.
Outdoor seating will be still be available, so customers can enjoy their meal along the waterfront, Herbert said.
Although the business is changing where it operates, the menu will not.
“Everything is the same,” Herbert said. “Fish and chips … that’s what we do. That’s what we know.”