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JUNE 9 - JUNE 17, 2015

Former Pol Fruscione Turns to
Ice cream to Celebrate Summer

By Mike Hudson

JUNE 9, 2015

Outside the new Ice Bridge two elegant ice cream lovers enjoy the streetscape.
Sam Fruscione at his former Mafia museum and souvenir store on Old Falls St.
Fruscione and partners bought the old Ice Bridge and renovated it (without government subsidy- think of that!)

What could be more American than apple pie?

Ice cream, of course! And if there’s anything more American than good old ice cream it’s ice cream served up by the ever smiling former city Council chairman and dedicated school teacher Sam Fruscione.

Back in 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month, and the third Saturday in July as National Ice Cream Day.

A brilliant man, Reagan recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food, and one that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. In his proclamation, Reagan called upon all right thinking Americans to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

And Fruscione is ready to help celebrate the blessed event in a big way.

The Ice Bridge restaurant at 2648 Main St. in Deveaux was a landmark, dispensing delicious frozen treats to boys and girls of all ages after being founded by Don Mosacco in the early 1970s. Family members continued to run the business until 2010, when the seemingly never ending Lewiston Road reconstruction project forced it out of business.

“It’s been for sale, and I thought, why the heck not?” Fruscione told the Niagara Falls Reporter. The new Ice Bridge officially opened last week.

Serving Hershey’s ice cream and hot dogs Fruscione and his partners Dave Fruscione and Jerry Genova will keep the Ice Bridge open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m.

Several leading indicators seem to point to success for the new enterprise.

According to the International Ice Cream Association, sales of ice cream rose a whopping 2.1 percent in 2014, with sales of $5.4 billion. Ice cream production, in fact, involved about 9 percent of all the milk produced by farmers during the year.





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