Stoner signs Packo’s bunWritten by Sarah Marie Thompson | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Packo’s added a new piece to its signed bun collection on May 12, and the addition did not come far from home.
Alyson Stoner, an acclaimed actress, singer and dancer, contributed her signature to the collection during a ceremony at Packo’s at the Park in Downtown Toledo.
Stoner, a Toledo native, has showcased her talents through roles in “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Camp Rock,” “Step Up,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and “Phineas and Ferb.”
Stoner said taking part in this tradition was more than an honor to her, and noted that she was humbled to be part of a collection that incorporates so many outstanding people.
“I tried to think of a clever catch phrase to write on the bun, so I am going to say, ‘Let me know when you’re hiring, work is slow in LA,’” Stoner said.
Stoner said she is a huge fan of Tony Packo’s, and has their product shipped to her residence in Los Angeles.
“I can’t even tell you how many jars of relish I have at my house right now,” she said.
The bun-signing tradition began in 1972 with Burt Reynolds. Now, the collection incorporates more than 2,000 buns and has a spot in the “Guinness Book of World Records.”
“Just about every week, there is a bun being signed somewhere,” said Tony Packo Jr. “We have five presidents, and even an astronaut who took our sauce on the shuttle into space. We can truly say our food is out of this world,” Packo joked.
The collection was started using real hot dog buns, but now uses foam buns, modeled after the originals.
“They are made out of foam material, but molded after our real buns and then airbrushed to get different looks,” Packo said.
The collection of signed buns, including Stoner’s, is housed at the original Tony Packo’s restaurant, located at 1902 Front St. on Toledo’s East Side.