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Malacari’s To Open Second Ice Cream Shop In Plains Twp., Sprinkles & Shakes To Close

December 19, 2018

PLAINS TWP. — Malacari’s has acquired Sprinkles & Shakes Ice Cream and Grill at 1306 North River St. in Plains Twp. and plans to open its second ice cream shop there in the spring.

Malacari’s has another ice cream shop at 80 Wilkes-Barre Twp. Boulevard and a popular store known for good deals on fruits, vegetables and sliced meats at 156 Mundy St. in Wilkes-Barre.

“We’re looking forward to expanding our business,” said Frank Malacari, who owns Malacari’s with his father Vito, mother Cindy and brother Joe. “We were looking for another opportunity. I think we’ll do well there.”

This marks Malacari’s 10th ice cream season. Malacari said he’s excited that the new location in Plains Twp. will have a drive-through. The business never had a drive-through for ice cream before, he said.

Sprinkles & Shakes Ice Cream and Grill will close Friday after 11 years in business. 

The announcement was made on its Facebook page, saying the decision to close its doors is a “little bittersweet for all of us.” 

Barton Weidlich, who owns Sprinkles & Shakes, said when Malacari’s offered to acquire the building, he couldn’t pass it up.

“I had an opportunity and I took it. It was a great opportunity,” Weidlich said. “I’m on to the next step of my life. I look forward to our next venture. I’m moving on up.”

The last day Sprinkles & Shakes will operate is Friday from 12 to 9 p.m. 

The business sold a variety of hard ice cream flavors and milkshakes as well as fresh homemade brick oven and traditional Old Forge pizza. 

Weidlich, who lives in Pittston, said he had a “great, great business” with “incredible pizza” and he said he met some incredible people over the years as well.

As of Wednesday, Sprinkles & Shakes sold out of all 80 pizzas for Friday. 

Sprinkles & Shakes’ Facebook post thanked all its “loyal customers, staff, friends and family for an amazing 11 years of business.”

“We especially want to thank Plains Twp. police and fire departments for your patronage and protection during our years of business,” the post stated. “Don’t think of this as goodbye, but see you all soon at our next up and coming location.”

Contact the writer: dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh