Councilman Marty McCarthy says new pizza biz keeping him away

Martin McCarthy’s been working “105 hours a week” getting his Fire Engine Pizza Company up and running.

But his duties as a councilman have suffered. According to a review of meeting minutes, McCarthy last joined his colleagues Oct. 22. He’s since missed eight regular and special council meetings.

I reached him today at the restaurant to find out if he’s going to remain in office or resign.

“I fully intend to go back in the next week. I miss it. I love it. Can’t wait to get back,” McCarthy said. “I feel terrible (but) I also have to feed my family.”

As we reported last year, McCarthy’s first restaurant was destroyed in a fire in March, 2011. So he improvised, purchasing a fire truck and installing a pizza oven in the rear. He was baking pies by that June.

A new restaurant was the next step. Fire Engine Pizza Co. opened right after Hurricane Sandy in November.

“I had to see this thing through,” said McCarthy, pictured below on the left behind his fire truck in January, 2012.

Brian Lockhart