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Discussion in 'Food and Drink (Philadelphia Restaurants & Bars)' started by Jayfar, Jun 29, 2017.
Philly's rolled-ice cream craze headed for a melt down? | Philly.com
As a landlord I had the choice of tenants about 5 years ago between a fro-yo store and a sprint store....The fro-yo store offered a dollar more per square foot but I choose the Sprint store who is still a tenant meanwhile the fro-yo store went out of business 3 years ago.
While the costs of starting one of these rolled ice cream stores is minimal....I don't see people paying $7 for this as a long term thing and not just another fad.
Tried it once.. tasty, but also don't understand the cost or really the novelty since beyond the rolling, it isn't different from what Cold Stone has been doing. I didn't understand Cold Stone much, either, though.. if I'm buying ice cream prepared it's going to be soft serve or custard, or has to be a truly unique flavor. But you can get all kinds of hard pack at the grocery store so that is a high bar to clear.
Anecdotally to my point, the nearby Cold Stone location has closed after ~10 years (as have several others). The custard place has been there 60+ years...
We really old people remember the workers at Steve's Ice Cream (3900 block of Walnut--were there other locations?) mixing in the mix-ins on a marble slab, the ice cream fad of the '80s.
Nothing can touch the quality and uniqueness of Gapogiro...
Is that where ColdStone got their idea?
Looks like yes, per wikipedia:
Cold Stone Creamery - Wikipedia
Ha! Philadelphia gets credit for another invention of sorts.
Unless I'm missing something, I don't see a Philadelphia connection, other than that Steve's at some point opened a Philly location. Steve's was founded in Massachusetts.
Steve's Ice Cream - Wikipedia
Did I miss Massachusetts?? I didn't see it in your selected quote from Wiki, and I guess I should have gone to the actual link. Or my eyes have gotten really bad!
Does anyone remember Hilary's from the 1970's at 20th and Chestnut? I think they started the whole mix-in thing.
I tried rolled ice cream once. I thought the texture was odd.
I remember there were at least 3 or 4 Hilary's locations in Center City, through the early or mid-80s, and then poof, they disappeared.
Rolled ice cream. Get it while its hot.
Yes, there were. The original was at 20th and Chestnut though.