A Rhode Island staple known for its frozen lemonade will land in Arlington this spring.
Del’s Frozen Lemonade has been a constant around Fenway Park for the last few years, serving the flavored, iced desserts from its trademark pushcarts. Bostonians will soon have a more permanent spot to enjoy the treat, when the seasonal business opens a brick-and-mortar at 1050 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington in late April or early May.
The shop will focus exclusively on takeout, featuring two takeout windows where customers can purchase a variety of frozen lemonade flavors (lemon, watermelon, blueberry, cherry, grapefruit), Gifford’s ice cream, Bavarian pretzels from the Milwaukee Pretzel Co., hot dogs, and candy.
Paul Piatelli Jr., president of Del’s Lemonade Boston, told Boston.com that they might also sell granola bars and bottled water, due to the store’s close proximity to the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway. Although Del’s has traditionally started operations around Memorial Day and closed around Labor Day, Piatelli said there’s a chance this new location could be a year-round venture.
“We’re going to see how it goes, just because the nature of this business is seasonal — people stop thinking about frozen lemonade and ice cream when that first snow hits,” he said. “This is a new territory for us, and we don’t know what it’s going to bring.”
Working off a family recipe, Angelo DeLucia first started the company in Cranston, Rhode Island, in 1948, after making a machine to produce consistently delicious frozen lemonade. DeLucia designed mobile pushcarts in order to sell the creamy dessert on the go, and the business swiftly grew with franchises across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
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