Hallmark Ice Cream to reopen as A.C. Petersen brand in Old Lyme - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Hallmark Ice Cream to reopen as A.C. Petersen brand in Old Lyme


One of Connecticut's oldest ice cream shops is growing.

The nearly century-old A.C. Petersen restaurant in West Hartford has taken over a favorite drive-in on the shoreline.

Hallmark Ice Cream has been in Old Lyme for just more than 100 years.

However, contractors started cleaning the place up late last month. Residents in town started buzzing and had people curious as to what was happening to their favorite summertime stop.

Contractor Joel Hay said he has two weeks to transform the Hallmark Ice Cream into A.C. Petersen restaurant.

"It would be an opportunity to spread the Petersen name which is iconic here and make it so down there," said manager James Denton.

The new A.C. Petersen restaurant drive-in will serve the same burgers, hot dogs, fried seafood and lobster rolls along with their quality ice cream.

"Like I say, we're going to have Black Hall Mud, which is an ice cream flavor they're familiar with, and we're going to integrate things like our fresh handmade whipped cream down there," Denton said.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News that they are anxious about the new ice cream place coming to town.

"The fact they've been here cleaning non-stop is going to be nothing but wonderful," said Beth Kelly, of Old Lyme. "I hear their ice cream is amazing they've got a solid reputation."

Customers will have to wait two more weeks for the new restaurant.

"We're going to have four windows. We're going to have people operating the four windows - come up, order your food," Denton said. "That's how it will be delivered. You're going to eat at new picnic tables off to the side."

The Denton family is taking applications. They're looking to hire 15 part-time workers for the summer, just come on down and fill out an application.

"I think the beach will offer a nice backdrop to a delicious meal," Denton said.

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