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The History Of Al's
Al's French Frys was started by Al and Genevieve Rusterholz in the late 1940's. Their fabulous french frys quickly made Al's into a Burlington-area institution. Below you can see the original South Burlington building, which had an open front counter and no inside seating. The surrounding farmland is urban now. The restaurant was purchases by Bill and Lee Bissonette in 1983 and the building has since had several additions—but the frys are still the same, and it's no exaggeration to say that they are known nationwide. Lee Bissonette retired in 2016 and Bill and his son Shane now own the business. The trailer shown to the right, which was set up in Mallets Bay, has a 1947 license plate. It's the forerunner of Al's french fry stands at the Champlain Valley Fair and other events. Thanks for coming to Al's, and enjoy!