A new soft ice cream shop made a big splash in Evanston this summer with a grand opening offer of free sundaes that had people lined up outside the store all day long on a hot July Friday.

A new soft ice cream shop made a big splash in Evanston this summer with a grand opening offer of free sundaes that had people lined up outside the store all day long on a hot July Friday.

It’s the 14th store in the Missouri-based Andy’s Frozen Custard chain, founded by John Kuntz and his wife Carol and named after their son Andy, who’s been in Evanston for the opening of the new store at 719 Church St.

Andy Kuntz, 43, says, “I didn’t finish college. I decided to focus my energy on the family business.”

“We’ve made a commitment to expanding the business in Chicago. Andy’s fit in Evanston because it’s a thriving community with a lot of families and college students,” he added.

“The product is unique and has been developed over the last 60 years. We use local ingredients. The frozen custard mix is produced from a local dairy in Yorkville, Ill. Our pecans are roasted by a company in downtown Chicago” said Andy. The store sells Sprecher, a Wisconsin based soda brand.

“It’s amazing. I got a vanilla sundae with Oreos. It’s my fifth time here,” said Louise Bond, a seven year old frozen custard aficionado.

“Frozen custard is served slightly warmer than regular ice cream,” Kuntz said. “The warmer temperature allows customers enjoy the flavor, without freezing their taste buds.”

Signature items on the menu include the Turtle Sundae and the James Brownie Frankie Jackhammer. This Jackhammer consists of frozen custard, fresh baked brownies, peanut butter, hot fudge.

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