A fast-growing chain of ice cream shops will open its first location on Long Island this summer.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, which got its start with a yellow scoop truck on the streets of New York City in 2008, plans to open its first Long Island shop at Roosevelt Field in Garden City.
Brooklyn-based Van Leeuwen, founded by Ben Van Leeuwen, Pete Van Leeuwen and Laura O’Neill, now has over 50 stores in New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Colorado, Connecticut and Texas, and the brand is also offered in grocery stores across the country, including Stop & Shop and Whole Foods, according to a company statement.
“We are looking forward to continuing to grow with shops in our home market, and to serving more guests in more communities good ice cream that makes you feel good,” Ben Van Leeuwen, co-founder and CEO, said in the statement. “We’re excited to enter Long Island, grow in New Jersey, and expand in our homebase of New York City, the place where it all began out of a truck in 2008.”
Van Leeuwen features French-style ice cream that’s made with double the amount of egg yolks than traditional ice cream, the company says. The brand is also known for its vegan ice cream and unusual flavors like Hidden Valley Ranch and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Van Leeuwen’s other signature ice cream flavors include Honeycomb, Pistachio, Marionberry Cheesecake, Praline Butter Cake and Earl Grey Tea. Its shops also offer sundaes, waffle cones, ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, milkshakes and pints to go.
The new 750-square-foot Van Leeuwen Ice Cream shop in Roosevelt Field will be on the mall’s second floor.