Batter Up: Newfoundland and Labrador holds biggest fish ‘n’ chips splurge of the year

Kathy Barbour owner of Ches’s Famous Fish and Chips is ready for the Good Friday feast.

Arthur C. Green

When people think of Easter, the first traditions that come to mind are chocolate, painted eggs and the Easter bunny. However, eating fish on Good Friday is much more a religious tradition.

Reverend Doctor John Hewson has a Master of Divinity Degree from Queen’s College.

Hewson says Jesus sacrificed his flesh for Christians on Good Friday when He was crucified under the orders of Roman Governor Pontius Pilate

“Fasting entails no eating of meat, but you can eat fish,” Hewson said. “It’s a form of fasting to eat only fish on this day of celebration.”

Ches’s Famous Fish and Chips first opened its doors in St. John’s on Harvey Road in 1951.

Owner Kathy Barbour is well prepared for Friday’s celebration and the demand it brings to her chain of seven restaurants.

“We are going to be extremely busy,” Barbour said. “It’s the best day of the year for us financially.”

Owner Kathy Barbour of Ches’s Famous Fish & Chips has brought in extra staff for the Good Friday Holiday. It is the busiest day of the year for her business. Arthur C. Green/Kicker

The restaurant chain will serve only fish meals to its customers, except for the Carbonear location, which will still serve chicken.

“We will use around 5,000 pounds of codfish and 20,000 pounds of potatoes,” Barbour said. “A great day.”

Barbour has extra staff scheduled who come back every year to handle customer demand. She says people can call ahead to pre-order. However, delivery will not be an option for the holiday, she said.

Ches’s Freshwater Road location will be open for business at 9 a.m. on Friday until 3 a.m. on Saturday. Other locations at Highland Drive, Topsail Road and Kenmount Road will close at 10 p.m. Friday evening.


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