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Meet Mark Nolan of Slush King in East Boston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Nolan.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Mark. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After serving in the US Army, my then 23 year old father Freddie Nolan started Slush King in 1965. He first started with a Frosty truck and a couple of old postal trucks that he would sell the slush from throughout East Boston as well as other areas of Boston. He then started setting up slush pushcarts around East Boston and wholesaling slush to other businesses. I started working at about 12 years old and by the time I was 16 I was working 7 days a week during the summer months. I started off selling slush on Revere Beach in 1982 pushing a single bucket cart on the sand. We now operate 5 carts daily in downtown Boston, we are also involved with over 50 special events and festivals throughout New England, as well as Sowa Vintage Market every Sunday. Since the late 1980’s we sell multiple festival food favorites such as Italian sausage and fried dough. We still make our slush at the same location in East Boston, we offer over 20 flavors, including our best selling all natural lemon.

Has it been a smooth road?
I basically grew up in this business and the struggles have always been the same. Working outside you have to deal with Mother Nature and she doesn’t always cooperate. Also there’s just no way to get out of working long hard hours it’s a short season and you have to dedicate all your time to it.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Slush King story. Tell us more about the business.
We are mobile food vendors. What make us different from your average vendor is that we try to make our food fresh as possible one example is we only sell fresh cut French fries no frozen fries also we sell fresh squeezed lemonade no premix. What I’m most proud of is also what sets us apart, we make our own slush which is the Boston name for Italian ice with the best ingredients and offer many all natural flavors. We use California lemons that we squeeze ourselves for our lemon slush. We also offer all natural strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, pomegranate and passion fruit.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Food truck have dramatically changed my industry. I believe the future of street vending in Boston revolves around the food truck industry. I believe future outdoor planning will include locations for food trucks.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 211 Bennington St
    East Boston Ma
  • Website:
  • Phone: 6175617050
  • Email:

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