Tastee-Freez (page 1)

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Tastee-Freez started selling soft-serve ice cream in 1950 in Joliet, IL. The company had 1,600 locations by 1965. There are now locations in 36 states. Most of the early walk-up stands were remodeled and have become full-scale fast food restaurants. For more about Tastee-Freez, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The first six pages of this section cover the most common and earliest building designs. The locations are organized alphabetically by state. Pages 7-10 cover less common, later building designs. Those pages are orgainzed by type.

former Tastee-Freez
Vista, CA
This former Tastee-Freez was built in 1953. It has been the Peppertree Frosty since 1960. This plastic cone sign is probably from the late 1950s or 1960s. [map]

former Tastee-Freez
Long Beach, CA
2008: 2016:
This former Tastee-Freez housed Carmen's Kitchen in 2008. By 2011, the building was housing Taqueria La Mexicana #5. In 2016, the ice cream sign was removed. [map]

former Tastee-Freez
Baldwin Park, CA
2013: 2021:
This former Tastee-Freez has housed Linda's Burger since at least the 1990s. Around 2017, the rooftop sign was replaced. This plastic cone was replaced with a flat graphic cone. [map]

The Drive-in
Colorado Springs, CO
The Drive-in opened as a Tastee-Freez in the 1950s. These photos are from 2012. Later that year, the rooftop sign had been painted to read "Tasty Freeze." [map]

Old West Cafe [gone]
Fort Garland, CO
BJ's Velvet Freez
Colorado Springs, CO
This ice cream sign was installed on the roof of the Old West Cafe. It was originally part of a larger Tastee-Freez sign but I don't know where it came from. The business closed and the sign was removed in 2022. For more, see this website.

BJ's Velvet Freez opened as a Tastee-Freez in 1954. It became BJ's Velvet Freez in 1970. These photos are from 2012. The smaller cone sign shown on the upper right was gone by 2016. [map]

former Tastee-Freez [gone]
Pueblo, CO
Uncle Ken's [gone]
Willimantic, CT
This former Tastee-Freez in Pueblo now houses Taco Casa. By 2017, the building was housing Los Carnales Mexican. The building has been heavily remodeled. [map]

This former Tastee-Freez in Willimantic housed Uncle Ken's for many years. This photo is from 2004. The building and sign were demolished in 2006.

former Tastee-Freez [gone]
Pensacola, FL
This former Tastee-Freez in Pensacola was built in 1956. The building last housed Arlene Williams BBQ. It was demolished around 2020.

former Tastee-Freez
Melbourne, FL
This former Tastee-Freez was built in 1956. It became Del's Freez in 1985. For more, see this website. [map]

More Florida:
St. Augustine [vintage; gone]

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