Iconic Killarney fish stand prepares for new digs

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.

Herbert Fisheries in temporary location while new building constructed

Herbert Fisheries had been operating out of an old school bus along the waterfront in Killarney. Now, the owners of the business are building a new building and the bus is gone. (Hilary Duff/CBC)

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.

Herbert Fisheries in Killarney is operating in a temporary location while a new, permanent building is being built. Before, the fish and chips stand operated out of a refurbished school bus for 32 years. (Hilary Duff/CBC)

“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.

Jennifer Herbert and her husband operate Herbert Fisheries in Killarney. The business used to be operated out of an old school bus. Now, a new, permanent building is being constructed. In the meantime, the business is being run out of a temporary location. (Hilary Duff/CBC)

“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.”


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