Dec. 6, 2018 By Meghan Sackman
The owners of the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory are opening a Flushing location this Saturday.
The new store, dubbed The Original Flushing Ice Cream Factory, is opening at 135-15 40th Rd. at 1 p.m. and there will be free giveaways and holiday treats on offer to mark the occasion.
The date, Dec. 8, and time of the grand opening were specifically chosen as the numbers 8 and 1 are seen as lucky in Chinese culture, according to co-owner Christina Seid.
The Flushing store comes 40 years after Seid’s father, Phillip Seid, opened the original store at 65 Bayard St. in Manhattan.
The establishment has a wide following and the grand opening of the Flushing location–to be the family’s second store– has created a buzz, with 1,500 people expressing interest on Facebook in attending the event.
The Chinatown location is famous for its traditional Chinese flavors such as red bean, mango, lychee and taro. The store, however, has added standard American flavors over the years.
The new Flushing location will feature these flavors, but also integrate some traditional Korean flavors.
Seid, who has worked in the Chinatown location since she was 12, said the family will be opening a third location on the Lower East Side in March.
The ribbon cutting for the Flushing store will include fun features such as a photo booth, a visit from Santa, and treats. Elected officials such as Congresswoman Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, and Council Member Peter Koo will be in attendance.