When he was 17, Anthony Luciani turned a bus into a business that keeps rolling on. "He started off with one little truck," said his mother, Doreen Kenefic. "It was a bus and he converted it into an ice cream truck."
Today the 2001 Norwalk High graduate owns 10 ice cream trucks, and his business, Rolling Cones, provides treats all over Fairfield County. He also owns Mr. Frosty's, the venerable East Norwalk ice cream stand that’s been in business since the ’60s. And he hopes that by the end of the month he will have branched out into a new type of food service: Mr. Frosty's Deli and Grill.
Anthony is taking over the space just down 1st Street where a deli used to be. "When that place went out of business we wanted to expand so we [would have] some winter work and income and bring some great tasting food back to East Norwalk," he said. "We're going to keep the deli, but it's going to be more like a deli and grill." That includes burgers, sandwiches and wings for "really good takeout."
The business is in the process of being transformed. Paper covers the windows and a sign advertises for help. Inside, new walls are going up and electrical work is being done. Anthony hopes to open "within the month."
When he does, his mom will cook. "I worked at deli a long time ago for nine years," she said. "It was Picnic's on Route 7. It was a great business. I did all the catering. Anthony was probably 5."
Since then, she's been working as a bookkeeper at Norm Bloom and Son around the corner from Mr. Frosty's. Bloom is Anthony's uncle. "That's where we'll be getting all our fresh seafood from daily, right off the boats," Anthony said.