Tonawanda News — Rick Tartick believes that good things can come in small packages. So can healthy things — and tasty things.
And sometimes, it’s all the same package.
Tartick, a resident of the City of Tonawanda, is the owner of the Shack on Delaware, which opened in November in a tiny former storefront at 3753 Delaware Ave. in the Town of Tonawanda, near Sweet Beginnings Bakery and Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village. His aim with the small, mostly take-out restaurant is simple: To provide quick, healthy food options that aren’t the usual fast-food fare.
“The whole point of the Shack is good food, fast. Quality food with healthy options,” he said, adding that, as a busy single father, he’d resorted to stops at chain fast-food restaurants many times over the years. “I’ve been forced many times to get out fast food and never felt good about it. I think there’s a lot of people like myself.”
He brings 33 years experience in local restaurants to the endeavor, although not all of them in the kitchen. For 21 years, he worked at Buffalo’s famous Rue Franklin as a server, maitre d’ and manager, as well as years at Park Country Club and other local restaurants. For three recent summers, he owned and operated the Shack on the Island on North Tonawanda’s Tonawanda Island, but the short summer seasons eventually put an end to that.
Looking for a location for a new incarnation of the Shack, Tartick found the small building on Delaware Avenue, liked the location, completely refurbished it with the assistance of his sons, Christopher, 14, and Ricky, 15, and opened for business Nov. 12.
“Right in the middle of three holidays, two blizzards and a lot of 0-degree temperatures ... but it’s been a great way to get organized,” he said.