Fish Frys

Fish frys in Pittsburgh at this time of year are serious business. And now there is an easier way to find and order your local catch thanks to the new Fish Frys and Food Festivals app developed by Curtis and Cassandra Brown of Verona.

“We came up with the idea because we grew up in Pittsburgh and love eating. The fish frys in town have been a staple since I was a kid,” says Brown, an app designer and owner of Jireh Mobile, a company that designs apps for companies, municipalities and other organizations.

For a $55 fee, organizations are included in the app’s listings which offer menus, directions and Facebook links. For an additional $100, groups can offer diners the capability of placing orders through the app that are printed on-site – and prepared – seconds upon being received. Brown even supplies the printer, leased for the duration of the fish fry or festival.

There are also restaurants that carry Lenten specials included on the app as well, he says.

Available through app stores, the Fish Frys and Food Festivals app is free and can be downloaded by scanning a QR code on various printed menus or by texting BurgBites to 72727.

Brown’s app is reeling in attention. He has attracted more than 30 groups from the Pittsburgh area and surrounding counties to the app, since casting his net to iPhone users on February 23 and Android users the week before.

“We think that this Friday’s fish fry will be a key indicator of the app’s influence on our fish fry revenue,” says Larry Mueller, fish fry coordinator for Saints John and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Sewickley.  “We have received some orders through the app and based on the area where the people are coming from.  I have to say that we are receiving incremental business from the app.”

He notes that the process has become more organized. “When we receive an order it lists all the items that have been ordered along with the select options.  Our order builders can use the order printout as a check list to prepare the order,” he adds.

Brown says he is already anticipating the addition to popular springtime area food festivals.

“Oakmont’s Greek Food Festival the last weekend in June is already up,” he says.

Laurie Bailey

Laurie Bailey is a freelance writer who has reported for many local publications. When she isn't writing she serves as a media consultant for nonprofits and other local companies.