Maureen’s Cones & More Opens With New Owners, Old Favorites
WEST NANTICOKE — Maureen’s Cones & More, a popular roadside stop for ice cream and other food alongside Harveys Creek in West Nanticoke, reopened Saturday with new owners and a line of customers.
John Nadolny, an electrician who is director of a training center for electricians in Nanticoke, his wife, Angel, and her sister, Mary Jo Schneikart of Wilkes-Barre, purchased the business from Maureen and Pat Donnelly, who owned it for 28 years.
Angel Nadolny worked at the business for years taking orders and serving ice cream and loved it.
“When it was up for sale, we put our heads together and decided we wanted to buy it,” she said.
John Nadolny spent his spare time in the winter completing renovations at the business including electrical and plumbing upgrades and adding energy-efficient lighting.
“Everything is the same. We kept the menu the same. The recipes are the same. The name is the same,” he said. “We thought it was a good opportunity. We love ice cream.”
Although temperatures were only in the 40s on Saturday, it did not stop people from ordering ice cream.
“It doesn’t matter what the weather is. They still come,” Nadolny said. “Everybody has cabin fever. They want to come out and think spring.”
The business’ many customers Saturday included Tia Chamberlain of Shickshinny, who ordered vanilla ice cream with cherry dip and sprinkles, and her 8-year-old daughter Abrial, who enjoyed a vanilla ice cream cone.
Chamberlain said it’s a tradition for them to come to Maureen’s in the spring and summer and her father has been bringing her there for more than 20 years.
“It’s cheap. It’s good. My daughter reminded me today that it opened so she said, ‘Let’s go here before we come home’ so that’s what we did,” Chamberlain said. “Everything is always great here. It’s right by the creek and you could sit out here in summertime.”
Maureen’s will be open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Since it opened Saturday morning, it was busy all day, John Nadolny said. He said one of the keys to the business’ success is its location.
“Families could come and look at the creek and look at the wildlife, the birds and the trees,” he said. “It’s a staple and the food is awesome.”
In addition to ice cream, other popular food sold at Maureen’s includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, cheesesteak hoagies, fries and mini potato pancakes.
Although she retired, Maureen Donnelly returned to help prepare food to serve the line of customers on Saturday.
Angel Nadolny’s parents Teddy and Jeanne Kravitz also came to help out. Her daughter Heather, who lives in California, is handling the Facebook page and Instagram account for Maureen’s.
“It’s a family business. Our whole family is running it,” John Nadolny said. “While we were setting up to open, the phone was ringing off the hook. I told people we weren’t opening until Saturday and they said they would be here.”
In honor of their opening day, Maureen’s conducted a poll on Facebook asking people to choose an ice cream flavor of the week and 76 percent chose chocolate peanut butter.
In a note posted to customers on Facebook, the new owners thanked all who have been loyal customers of Maureen’s for the last 28 years. They said they are honored to “take ownership of this great business and continue to fulfill its mission.”
“Although the ownership of Maureen’s has changed, the values, goals and integrity that this business was built upon will remain the same,” they wrote. “We will strive to achieve the quality of service, ice cream and food that you’ve all come to expect here. Thank you to Maureen and Pat for all your years of love, hard work and dedication to this business and its customers and for trusting us with their beloved establishment. We also thank all of you for your support in this new chapter of Maureen’s journey.”
It also started to look like the beginning of spring as other ice cream and Italian ice businesses throughout Luzerne County opened or prepared to open for the season after a long winter.
Josie’s Italian Ice at 115 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, and the Snack Shack on Wilkes-Barre Twp. Boulevard opened Friday when temperatures climbed to the 60s. In honor of the first day of spring on Wednesday, Josie’s will give away free medium gelatis from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard at 355 Market St., Kingston will hold its annual first day of spring free Italian ice giveaway on Wednesday from noon to 9 p.m. All guests who visit Rita’s that day will receive a free promotional size cup of Italian ice in the available flavor of their choice to celebrate the arrival of spring.
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