By Carlotta Mohamed
Queens residents can enjoy a sweet treat Saturday at the grand opening of The Original Flushing Ice Cream Factory.
Residents are invited to celebrate with delicious ice cream, free giveaways, raffles, holiday festivities and a visit from Santa Claus at the Flushing Ice Cream Factory at 135-15 40th Road Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.
“We’re going to have very similar flavors to our Chinatown location,” said Christina Seid, a member of the family owned and operated business. “We wanted to be very inclusive of the neighborhood and we’re trying to incorporate flavors that mimick the neighborhood.”
The Flushing Ice Cream Factory is an expansion of the family’s first business, The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, located at 65 Bayard St. in Manhattan. The store was established in 1978, according to Seid.
“We have a pretty big following and and people have wanted us to expand,” said Seid.
Regular ice cream flavors to be served at the new location include: mango, pineapple, coconut fudge, green tea, and lychee among others on the menu.
The family will be opening another location at Essex Crossing in Manhattan in March 2019.
“We hope that people are happy because we are excited of being a part of the Flushing neighborhood and we’re excited to make it a new home for us,” said Seid. “Flushing will be our sister store.”
Reach reporter Carlotta Mohamed by e-mail at cmoha