LINCOLN SQUARE — A new ice cream shop in Lincoln Square is opening Friday and its owners hope their frozen treats bring a smile to neighbors during a difficult time.
The grand opening of Lincoln Ice Cream Company, 4919 N. Lincoln Ave., will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday and feature ice cream along with Cuban pastries and other snacks like nachos, elote, strawberries with cream and toasted granola.
Owners Edmundo Mozas and his wife Linda have been catering events for the last seven years. The two met in 2013 when Mozas was the owner of Due Amici Pizzeria at 4919 N. Lincoln Ave.
The year after they met, Mozas closed the business to focus on catering with his wife. He also picked up a day job as a semi-truck driver.
About a year ago the couple were on a road trip when they started talking about opening a new business.
Mozas’ friend in Florida developed the property at 4919 N. Lincoln Ave. in 2007 and still owned the first-floor storefronts. While chatting with the couple a year ago he offered to lease it to them to try out a new business.
Now the couple is ready to launch just in time for Labor Day weekend.
Mozas admitted it’s a bit scary to open a new business during a pandemic, he’s been encouraged by the support he’s received from neighbors before even opening the doors.
“We’ve met so many neighbors already and all we’ve done is make a few posts on Facebook. But the community has really accepted us like crazy thanks to word of mouth,” Mozas said.
Lincoln Ice Cream Company will also serve Cuban pastries. Mozas said he eventually plans to add Cubano-style breakfast sandwiches, as well.
“You put bread on the plancha and you make it nice and toasty with a lot of butter,” he said. “I’m trying to bring a little bit of Miami into the neighborhood.”
As the couple built out the space over the last year Mozas says he’s also been impressed with how many people he sees walking their dogs, or are out with their kids in the neighborhood.
He said he sometimes sees more people than cars pass his front windows and the foot traffic is another reason he’s optimistic for Lincoln Ice Cream Company’s future.
“And it’s ice cream bro, we’re selling something that makes you feel great. When someone hands you a banana split doesn’t that make you smile? I want to bring smiles and the smell of brownies to the block every day,” Mozas said.
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