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New custard shop greets hot weather

Just in time for the summer heat, Andy’s Frozen Custard opened its doors Friday at 719 Church St. in downtown Evanston.

A family-owned business, John and Carol Kuntz opened the first store in 1986 in Osage Beach, Missouri, and named it after their son Andy.

The product is modeled after the most amazing frozen treat the couple had tasted at a custard store named Leon’s in Milwaukee.

Andy Kuntz grew up in the business and now along with his mom and wife, Dana, continues the legacy of custard made fresh every hour, with only the highest quality ingredients. Kuntz says the legacy includes a family of loyal customers, dedicated employees, and the mission of giving back to the children in the community. Each store in each city supports programs that improve the quality of life for children.

The family started franchising the business in 2004, with each store guided by the principles of “exceptional service, perfect production and extreme fun.” Andy’s is now in four states including Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Illinois.

When asked why he chose Evanston as his next store location Kuntz said, “Evanston offers an outstanding mix of families, daytime population, and entertainment venues resulting in strong pedestrian activity throughout the week. Northwestern University’s presence is a huge plus.”

Andy’s menu features cups and cones, shakes, malts and sundaes, and Andy’s custom-made “concrete,” which blends the toppings of your choice into a customized fresh frozen custard treat.

“We’re happy to welcome Andy’s to the community,” says Downtown Evanston’s Executive Director, Carolyn Dellutri. “Their spirit of customer service, quality, and giving back to the community will serve them well.” 

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