27 August, 2020
Sizzling offer quickly chips away at surplus: Punters bag their share as lockdown bites
What do you do with 80kg of surplus potatoes? Play chippie to the neighbourhood.
That was the approach taken by the crew from Fish Kitchen, on Devonport Wharf, disposing of sacks of spuds as lockdown loomed.
A queue of up to 50 people formed when word got out that bags of hand-cut hot chips were being dispensed.
“We weren’t expecting so many people to come out,” said Fish Kitchen manager Michelle Wu.
Locals were happy to wait in a spaced line inside the ferry building for their treats, served from 4pm, ahead of the prime minister’s announcement on Friday, 14 August that lockdown in Auckland was being extended.
Inside, staff prepared the chips and kept the vats sizzling to en- sure the potatoes weren’t wasted. “We don’t use frozen, so they had to be used,” said Wu.
This article originally appeared in the 23 October 2020 edition of the Flagstaff. Read online here.
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