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Tony's Ice Cream, Gastonia, NC

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

Tony's Ice Cream 604 East Franklin Boulevard Gastonia, NC 28054    

*Located near downtown Gastonia, North Carolina with convenient access from I-85.

We are now on our Summer Hours.  We are open as follows: Monday - Saturday 7:00 am until 10:00 pm Sunday - 10:00 am until 10:00 pm Our Winter Hours will begin again October 15th.  Our Summer Hours start March 15th.  During our Summer Hours we are open EVERY NIGHT until 10:00 pm. 

From the outside you will see a yellow brick building with a tiny Tony’s ice cream sign. Inside you will find an amazing vintage 1947 era pink and green neon clock. The original booths are covered in red vinyl. And, an original fully stocked 1960’s two-sided slide top ice cream freezer with the light up sign hides off to the side. The kids that grew up in the 60’s and 70’s should remember this freezer. The heavy metal and glass doors are also original. There is also a great long stainless steel counter in the middle of the shop. On one side of the counter you order your food and on the other you order your ice cream. Left side for ice cream and right side for food. I was there for the ice cream. Well, I was there for the ice cream that goes into a milkshake that is. Tony’s puts three scoops of their ice cream in every milk-shake. My vanilla milk-shake had a great real vanilla flavor. Its con-sistency resembled that of a lumpy cloud. Your straw was useless it was too thick. In that retro freezer you will find pints and half gallons for purchase. And yes, Tony’s does make their own ice cream. The factory is right beside the ice cream shop. The ice cream shop opened in 1947, but the Coletta family started making ice cream in Gastonia in 1915. Tony’s is also a great place to bring the kids. Tony’s gives out free child size cones to the kids every Tuesday. I never knew ice cream cones came in that size.

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