Written by Rich Forestano: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
Uncle Louie G’s reach spans a continent and now Mineola is lucky to fall within that reach. “Feel like a kid again” is his motto and serving delicious treats to kids and that little “kid” in every adult.
Mineola residents John and Lisa Sandler of JTS & JBS Corp. will open an Uncle Louie G’s ices and ice cream store at 254 Mineola Boulevard. Cartridge World previously called that corner near Washington Avenue home.
The store will open Friday, April 6.
Uncle Louie G calls home to slew of stores on the east coast from New York City, Connecticut to Florida and as east to Pennsylvania. Nassau County currently has six shops along with three in Suffolk County.
“Our vision is to have a local, friendly establishment in Mineola where we can give back to the community through special events and discounts for the local sports teams, senior citizens and other neighborhood groups,” Sandler said.
The ice cream parlor would serve prepackaged ices, ice cream and drinks as well as sugar-free items, according to Sandler. Deliveries would take place once a week on Saturdays with ice cream in 2.5 gallon containers “similar to milk cartons.” More than 40 flavors of Italian ices and 27 flavors of ice cream will sit on the menu.
Among Uncle Louie G’s signature attractions are custom ice cream cakes. Do you have a weird craving for strawberry cheesecake and banana pudding at the same time? This shop will combine it for you.
“One thing we do that no one else does is we do any custom ice cream cake a person would want,” Sandler revealed. “If you want strawberry cheesecake, half cookie dough or two parts chocolate, two parts raspberry or whatever, we can do that.”
So why Mineola?
“I live in Mineola,” Sandler said. “I wanted to bring something useful to the village. People will enjoy it. There’s nothing really like it. We’re really not like Friendly’s or Carvel.”
Hours of operation would vary depending on the season, but would be from Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. According to Sandler, he is “not sure” if they would remain open year-round and the store will open at 11:30 a.m. for the first few weeks.
Only two stores in New York, one store in New Jersey and six stores in Florida are open all year long.
“There’s a good likelihood that we’ll be closed from December through March but we may decide to stay open and see how business is; we’d determine that as we go.”
Sandler pointed out that he is looking to employ local residents including college students and Mineola High School students. There would be approximately one to four employees in the shop at any time. Security cameras with night-vision capability would monitor the interior and exterior of the building.
A large portion of the business is expected to come from walk-ins from people along Mineola Boulevard. Approximately 80 percent of their business would on evenings and weekends, Sandler estimated.
“We don’t think there’s going to be a large influx of vehicles,” he said.
Metered parking is available in the front of the location and a municipal lot is located on Washington Avenue. The location also has a small lot in the rear of the building with 10 spaces available for use on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weekdays.
The store would have approximately eight to 10 seats inside. There are no plans for outdoor seating.
Sandler stated that the facility would not have large crowds waiting outside “because the facility is large enough. Some other stores you have to wait outside; our store there’s plenty of open area” and can fit about 50 people inside “with no problem.”
Ralph’s Italian Ices, like the one on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, has no seating and often times, long lines can be seen stretching out toward neighboring streets. The new Uncle Louie G’s will have space of 1,000 sq. ft. of total space with 300 sq. ft. of workspace.
“I can’t say for sure, but I think it’s one of the biggest, if not, the biggest store under the Uncle Louie G’s chain in New York,” Sandler stated. “One of the top two or three.”