New London ice cream shop to triple size, double flavors

New London — Berry's Ice Cream & Candy Bar is moving into a space three times larger than its former home, and with that will come twice as many ice cream options.

But the shop isn't moving far: just a few doors down to 90-94 Bank St., next to Hot Rods Café. Berry's Ice Cream owner Laura Beckham said her goal is to open in the beginning of June.

"It's too small," Beckham said of her previous location at 60 Bank St. "Customers were filing outside the door in the last few seasons."

Her goal in the new space is to have more of an eat-in atmosphere.

Beckham also is "hopeful" that Berry's will feature an outdoor patio on the back of the building, overlooking the Thames River. She is working with city officials to make that a reality this summer.

Berry's will expand its ice cream flavors – handmade by Lisbon-based Wildowsky Dairy – from 16 to 32, Beckham said. New flavors will include piña colada, rum raisin, confetti birthday cake and butter crunch.

Other new offerings will include non-dairy sorbet, soft-serve ice cream, custom-ordered ice cream cakes and coffee. There will also be freezers for customers to get grab-and-go ice cream, and a room for private parties.

This will be Berry's fifth season open, and Beckham is excited to better service people getting off the train and ferry.

"Our goal is to be able to service them very quickly, and we're also adding sandwich presses for grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, we may have some prepared sandwiches to grab and go," she said.

As the season goes on, she plans to add self-serve soup.

The Advanced Group is currently working on flooring, drywall, custom lighting and custom electrical at the new location, formerly Roberts Audio Video. David Preka, owner of The Advanced Group, also owns the building.

e.moser@theday.com

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