Trumbull location of Fryborg delayed — but it’s coming

TRUMBULL — Jonathan Gibbons wants everyone to know that Fryborg is still coming to Trumbull. It’s just going to take a little longer than he originally hoped.

Late last year, Gibbons got approval from the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission to convert 10 Broadway Road, which once housed Trumbull Pharmacy, into an outpost of Fryborg, perhaps best known for its hand-cut fries with a choice of more than 15 dipping sauces and an array of toppings. Gibbons already has both a Fryborg food truck and a Milford location of the restaurant.

When the Trumbull Fryborg was announced, Gibbons said his hope was to open it in May. But multiple factors — including supply issues and the scale of the project — have slowed the process down.

“This is a little larger scope process than I’ve had to manage in the past,” he said. “Milford was a restaurant already. I basically had to get a few pieces of equipment and open. Here I have to start from scratch.”

Trumbull economic and community development director Rina Bakalar said these kind of delays haven’t been uncommon with restaurant projects in town of late. For example, the opening of restaurants Guacamole, at the Westfield Trumbull Mall and Ecco, in the Long Hill Market, were delayed by months.

“We are finding that the opening of new restaurants have all been delayed, but there is definite excitement about Fryborg,” Bakalar said. “I am hopeful they are fully functioning for our 2022 Restaurant Week in the fall.”

That seems realistic to Gibbons, who now expects the Trumbull Fryborg to open by August and said the project is now in “the building phase.”

“For the most part, everything (that was causing problems) has been resolved,” he said. “We’re getting there. We’re making progress.”

Once the restaurant is complete, the drive-thru window that had been used by the pharmacy will be used to pick up food. However, it wouldn’t be a traditional drive-thru, where customers would order food from a kiosk, pay and pick it up. Customers would order and pay ahead of time and pick up the food at the window when ready.

The restaurant would also offer sit-down dining.

In addition to fries, Fryborg offers hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, cheesesteaks, milkshakes and other foods. Anticipation for the Trumbull restaurant has been high, Gibbons said, and he wants people to know it will be ready in the near future.

“I’ve had random people reach out to me and be like “When are you guys opening?’ ”