Robin Varga, co-owner of Fritz’s, a fast-casual eatery in New Brunswick with a fresh, homemade and seasonal menu, always knew that fellow co-owner Jonathon Guarino would own a restaurant one day.
That’s because the pair goes back 23 years – when Guarino went to school with Varga’s children and Varga and Guarino worked at the now-defunct St. Peter’s Elementary School concession stand together, which was only a few blocks from where Fritz’s stands today at 115 Easton Ave.
“He always liked to cook and he would invent all kinds of stuff to eat while we were working,” she said. “If you could put it in a deep fryer, he would.”
At the concession stand, which operated for the elementary school and the high school, they would make items such as mozzarella sticks and egg sandwiches and would also help out at school events, such as pancake breakfasts or spaghetti dinners.