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Bellingham entrepreneur carries on late father’s legacy by bringing his all-purpose spice to market

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December 07, 2016
An original all-purpose seasoning made famous in a Niagara Falls, Canada restaurant is now available for sale in Western Washington.
Mr. Frank’s all-purpose seasoning is ideal for steaks, salmon, pork, chicken, vegetables, and even popcorn, according to company founder Lisa Campbell of Bellingham. The 8-ounce containers can currently be found on the company’s website, www.MrFranksSpiceCo.com and Sudden Valley Market. More local retailers are expected to soon offer Mr. Frank’s.

Campbell’s father, Frank Postl, developed the seasoning for his restaurant, Frank’s Steak House and Tavern, which he opened in 1964 in Niagara Falls, Canada.  Postl, who emmigrated from Austria into Canada in 1953, knew nothing of the restaurant business, nor even what a steak was, his daughter admitted.
“He did, however, have an acute sense of taste,” Campbell said. “He invented a steak spice that, along with his dedication to perfection, would eventually make him famous in Niagara Falls and his restaurant a huge success.”
Campbell followed her father’s footsteps; becoming general manager of three restaurants by the time she was 21. After stepping away from the hospitality industry, almost 2 decades later and upon the passing of her father, she recalled the popularity of her father’s seasoning and decided to carry on his legacy and bring it to retail shelves.
“Mr. Frank’s Spice is very versatile year-round,” Campbell said. “People use it with roast chicken, meat loaf, pumpkin seeds and much more. When warmer weather returns, it’s fantastic with barbecued meats!
“This also is a great area to launch it because we are a small but closely knit community that supports each other, particularly in business. Combined with people’s love of cooking, this has me extremely excited to bring my dad’s original seasoning to the Bellingham market. It truly is an incredible seasoning and I know people will love Mr. Frank’s the first time they try it!”
For more information about the seasoning and Mr. Frank himself, visit www.MrFranksSpiceCo.com.