Cangiano’s Owners Add Ice Cream, Doughnut Shop
At the end of a great meal, diners often look to dessert. So when restaurant owners find great success making lunch and dinner and want to expand, it follows that they look next to offering sweet treats.
At least, that’s what inspired BFIC & Joey Doughnuts, the latest venture from Joey and Jenny Kotowski, who own popular eatery Cangiano’s. The ice cream parlor and bakery sits just a couple doors down from their restaurant in the Fashion Mall plaza on the Scranton-Carbondale Highway in Dickson City, across from Viewmont Mall.
With the catering end of business at Cangiano’s growing beyond its capacity, the Kotowskis looked to find more prep room nearby in the shopping complex and eyed the corner lot, which had sat empty for more than a year. They had heard that the managers of the property also were looking to reintroduce an ice cream store into the mix (a TCBY franchise formerly operated in the Fashion Mall), and so the couple came up with a concept that offered both the “best freaking ice cream” to be found plus homemade doughnuts.
BFIC & Joey Doughnuts opened in April in a space that has a real rock-and-roll energy, from the CBGB’s-inspired font for the logo to the splashy murals on the walls done by a Miami graffiti artist (eagle-eyed customers may spot the “Forrest Gump” and “Patch Adams” references in the art).
At any given time, guests can choose from at least a dozen varieties of homemade ice cream, half of which are basic flavors such as chocolate, coffee or mint chocolate chip, with the other half comprised of “crazier flavors,” Jenny Kotowski said. These might include pineapple chocolate chip, strawberry lemonade, raspberry-white chocolate chip doughnut or chocolate-cherry hazelnut. Whenever a flavor runs out, a new experimental kind takes its place.
BFIC also offers decorative ice cream cakes in various sizes, and Jenny Kotowski creates custom cakes for all manner of occasions, from weddings to birthdays. Guests have raved about root-beer floats and the BF Milkshakes, too, which top a vanilla shake with hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream and a doughnut and toppings of choice. And fans of soft-serve ice cream can get their fill of chocolate or vanilla.
The doughnuts that make up the other side of the business came into play to guarantee clientele well into colder months after ice cream season passes. Guests can choose from about 12 kinds per day and can even call ahead to custom order flavors by the dozen.
The doughnuts feature outrageous flavors such as funnel cake, cannoli and cotton candy.
Getting the formulas down for both the ice cream and doughnuts was a trial-and-error process, the Kotowskis said, but the feedback so far has made the journey worth it.
“I love people’s reactions,” Jenny Kotowski said. “I’m loving doing it, being creative and seeing the whole process from beginning to end.”
The Kotowskis have big plans to hold events there, from kids’ birthday parties to private gatherings. Guests flock to the “throne” found in a corner that offers an Instagram-worthy spot to show off their cones, though with seating for about 25, there’s plenty of room to pull up a chair throughout BFIC & Joey Doughnuts.
The couple recommended trying a bit of everything by getting an ice cream cookie sandwich with a choice of chocolate chip, red velvet or chocolate brownie with white chocolate chip cookies. Eventually, they also hope to incorporate waffle ice cream sandwiches, too.
“We’ll always be adding,” Joey Kotowski promised.
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BFIC & Joey Doughnuts
Address: 221 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City (inside the Fashion Mall plaza)
Established: April 2019
Owners: Joey and Jenny Kotowski
Hours: Mondays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to close; Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
Online: Follow the Facebook and Instagram pages (@bfic_joey_donuts).