Iconic Ice Cream Shop sold after 73 years of business – and it may not re-open

December 5, 2023 by No Comments

The longtime owner of The Freeze, Tony Zarcone, put the property up for sale in April for $1.2 million. The sale included the iconic ice cream stand at 2815 W. Armitage Ave. and the adjacent parking lot.

While the listing sought out a “creative developer” who could envision the 5,000-square-foot site’s potential, Zarcone expressed his desire for a buyer who would preserve The Freeze and modernize it. Now in December, the property has since changed hands.

The Freeze has been a Logan Square mainstay since its inception in 1950. Renowned for its soft-serve cones and traditional fast food fare, the classic ice cream stand transforms into a bustling hub during the summer months, with lines extending down the block.

Zarcone, 58, expressed his desire to retire after three decades of managing the business, seeking to dedicate more time to his family. Despite The Freeze’s enduring popularity, Zarcone acknowledged that the neighborhood establishment could benefit from upgrades, which he lacks the energy to implement.

While Zarcone would like The Freeze to remain operating as usual, this may not be the case. Due to its prime real estate location, it is highly possible that this is turned into something completely different. Unfortunately for fans of The Freeze, it is possible that it may never re-open again.


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