SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- It is a fan favorite for ice cream and has been for years. Now this month, the popular ice cream parlor turns 60 years old. Sugar Bowl opened its doors on Christmas Eve in 1958, and for generations the Huntress family has been scooping out fun flavors ever since.
Owner Ben Huntress says it's simple. "People love ice cream."
Valley residents have also come to love this charming place, with its iconic pink building and colorful sign, which you'll be happy to know, will not change anytime soon. "Luckily, a couple of years ago, we were given historical status," Huntress tells us. That means their stand-out look on Scottsdale Road near Main Street can stay. They've been grandfathered in, so-to-speak. "And, the same thing goes for our multi-colored letters."
Beyond the atmosphere reminiscent of the days of yesteryear, is the food. Sandwiches, savory soups and salad will delight any palette. But it's the ice cream that really draws them in.
"There's something here for everyone, no matter what your tastes are, from old-fashioned sodas to parfaits," said Huntress, which are shop signatures.
But, what really put them on the map nationwide? You might remember the newspaper toons, Family Circus.
It was all thanks to Paradise Valley resident and American cartoonist Bil Keane, who created the cartoon and captured those nostalgic family moments at the Sugar Bowl.
"He helped put the word out for us," remembers Huntress of the late cartoonist. Keane passed away at the age of 89 in 2011 of congestive heart failure, but Ben says his son Jeff is keeping up with the cartoon these days. "He's been a really good friend of the family, and he still comes in all the time. They are a really good family."
Sugar Bowl is a must-do in Scottsdale. Saddle up to the bar top and get any craving satisfied. You might even relive those memories of lazy summer days, enjoying ice cream with family and friends. It's just that kind of place.
After you fill your belly, head next door for some fun and games at the restaurants arcade parlor. The Sugar Bowl Fiesta is designed for kids in mind, or those who are young at heart. Complete with skee ball, air hockey, hoops, and more, you could rack up hours of good-tasting and good-humored fun at this family-owned local business.
For more info: http://sugarbowlscottsdale.com/