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Lake Effect Ice Cream coming to Hertel

Author: Schyler Norton

Ice cream lovers in the city, I have an announcement for you. Stay calm, but come this spring you won’t have to drive 40+ minutes to get some of the best ice cream our area has to offer. Lake Effect ice cream is opening a location on Hertel! Owners Erik Bernardi and Jason Wulf plan to open their location at 1900 Hertel Avenue by Memorial Day, and until then, I, along with many others, will be counting the days.

This is going to be the third new ice cream shop on Hertel come this summer. Buffalonians will be spoiled with options! With Allen Street Poutine adding ice cream to their Hertel location, and Lloyd announcing an ice cream/dessert shop next to their Hertel location, it’s a great time to be an ice cream lover in North Buffalo.

Allen Street Poutine and Cream will have ice cream inspired by “Bang Bang ice cream in Toronto, which is hard ice cream that has very unique flavors such as London Fog, Totaro, and Thank You Very Matcha just to name a few. They will also be offering soft-serve inspired by “Sweet Jesus” ice cream, where you can get a “pimped out cone” which can be anything from vanilla ice cream with actual cotton candy, topped with rainbow sprinkles or their s’mores cone – a vanilla cone topped with chocolate sauce, graham crackers, and mini marshmallows. With inspiration like that Allen Street Poutine and Cream should not disappoint.

By far, Hertel is the most requested place for us to have a second scoop shop so we couldn’t pass up this location. It is a perfect spot for a classic neighborhood ice cream shop in the heart of North Buffalo. Even more awesome, it has 18 of its own parking spaces! That is a remarkable thing to have on Hertel Ave.

Lloyd will be offering soft serve ice cream along with other dessert options. For more on that check out Buffalo Rising’s piece on their new shop “Churn”.

Our new North Buffalo shop will not be just a smaller version of our original shop in Lockport. It will have all of our ice cream flavors, ice cream cakes, cannolis, cookie ice cream sandwiches and everything else that our shop in Lockport has.

Lake Effect is loved locally for their amazing sundaes, and local flair. Buffalonians love Lake Effect because they take things that are locally known and loved… for example, Paula’s Glazed Donut, Ice Wine Sherbet, The Aud, Queen City Roller Girls Rocky Road, and so many others and turn them into our favorite ice cream Hertel is so lucky to get three incredible ice cream options within walking distance from each other. With each comes a unique atmosphere, flavors, and ideas that every ice cream lover will appreciate. Will the competition be too much or can Buffalo handle three ice cream locations on the same street? We’d love to hear from you…

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  • J G

    Tough spot as there isn’t a lot of foot traffic, however, hopefully they’ll see decent business from CSAT, Daily Planet customers, + immediate locals.

    • flancrest

      With Shoshone Park two blocks away, there’s plenty of foot traffic in the summer. Every night there are baseball and softball games full of kids who after the game, need ice cream.

      • Want… not need.

        • flancrest

          You must not have kids.

      • greenca

        Good point, but Shoshone and little league families didn’t help the previous hamburger and ice cream joints that were in this location. It is a dead end of Hertel as far as foot traffic goes, but it seems they have a loyal following so it should be a destination unto itself.

        • Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.

          Grumpy’s sucked because they served bad food. The patio outside was always filthy with garbage cans overflowing onto the patio. The smell was overpowering. We tried to enjoy the outside patio a couple of times, but were attacked by aggressive bees drawn to the garbage each time. We never went back. These guys at Lake Effect sound like they might have their act together, and, if they do, I’m sure they could attract some foot traffic.

  • BuffaloFenian

    I would imagine they would have a significant emphasis on their packaged ice cream and to-go products. I bet people would stop by often to pick up a pint of their favorite flavor…for scoops only, not so much.

  • TrueStoryBflo

    Love this.

  • Mytwocents

    Which of the three new ice creams shops will be able to survive? Allen St. Poutine will likely be fine as there are other offerings and location is great. Lloyd has their following, and again, great location. This being a bit down from the busy section of Hertel might make it suffer. I’m not sure how loyal of a following Lake Effect has, time will tell. But with the number of restaurant changes in this building, all of them offering ice cream already, I find it hard to believe they will be able to thrive with all the near competition. Especially if ice cream is their only offering. If they really are as popular as I hear they are, then they might be able to last.

    • Andy Wulf

      I think ice cream being the only offering is a strength for Lake Effect, not a weakness. Lloyd and Allen Street Poutine are well-known, but not for ice cream. I don’t think locals will automatically take it as a given (nor should they) that a place that serves great food of one type will also serve great food of a second type.

      • Johnny Pizza

        The weakness is that ice cream is seasonal and that location has already been proven a failure multiple times over, despite serving ice cream. The further weakness is that Hertel will now have 3 ice cream places and this is the weakest and farthest location from the hottest part of the street.

  • Personally, I think it’s kind of a dumb place. Yes, Hertel Ave seems to be the ‘happening’ spot now, but it’s just full of a lot of businesses. It would have made more practical sense if it were put somewhere in Canalside or in the Tonawandas along the waterfront where people would flock to during the summer months (just look at the maddening Mississippi Mudds, which is just generic-ice-cream). Canalside especially, I’m kind of surprised that no local ice cream parlor has chosen to put their business there (Clinton’s Dish & The Hatch don’t serve their own).

    • Mytwocents

      This isn’t a game of SimCity. You can’t just willy nilly put businesses you where you see fit.

      • Wigs

        yeah I’m struggling to understand that post. Hertel Ave, a busy commercial strip with tons of residential on the side streets is kind of a dumb place to put an ice cream shop, one with huge brand recognition in WNY. huh? This place will be packed in the summer.

      • No, but logically & financially, it would have been a good fit that’s an easy money grab. Canalside, for instance, would be a jackpot money grab during 3 of the seasons, since people flock there, especially during events. T/NT area, has also spots for new builds and/or existing buildings they could have used which would benefit from a cash grab since a lot of people flock there during the warmer months via boat, bike, car, or on foot.

        • greenca

          It might have been a much bigger lift financially at Canalside. The cost of rent on this section of Hertel would be a fraction of a similar-sized place at Canalside (if retail space even existed there). There are people at Canalside on a typical summer evening, but there are also a lot of people in the immediate area of Hertel, not to mention their fans who will drive to Hertel for their ice cream. If they live in NB or the northtowns, they may be less inclined to drive to Canalside, park and walk a few blocks just for an ice cream cone. Besides, the Hatch is already near Canalside, as it that other shack restaurant under the Skyway taht also has ice cream.

          • It is… but Hatch isn’t a creamery, they just get their ice cream from outside sources (eg: Perry’s). There’s also Fowler’s in the HarborCenter… but because it’s in that strip of stores that’s indoors, it goes completely unnoticed (although I think they use Hershey’s ice cream anyway). Point is that Lake Effect is their own product and would benefit from a high summer foot traffic area.

          • Johnny Pizza

            I think they’d be better of making a food truck to serve Canalside events and warm summer days. Signing an expensive lease to sell only a seasonal item during peak traffic would be unwise, in my opinion. At a Hertel location you have the foot traffic from the surrounding residential neighborhood on any day of the week in the summer.

          • flancrest

            How do you know that the lease is expensive? Food trucks aren’t cheap to get off the ground either.

          • Johnny Pizza

            Brand new buildings require higher rent. Most space available near Canalside is going to be brand new. Simple as that.
            Food trucks may not be cheap but they are cheaper than most leases and don’t require you to pay a lot of overhead that you pay when you have a brick-and-mortar restaurant. A perfect example is bathrooms. You have to have them for a restaurant. If you have bathrooms you need someone to clean them, and you need to supply cleaning products and soap and paper towels and you pay for the water used for them. You don’t for a food truck. Another is RE taxes, you pay your share of the RE taxes if you are in a building, you don’t have that with a food truck. Most restaurants have ceramic dishes and real silverware which isn’t required for most food trucks, that requires a dishwasher and an operator of that dishwasher and soap and hot water. Food trucks buy tin foil, plastic forks and paper napkins and they are set.

    • flancrest

      LE is as popular selling pints and cakes, but Lockport was a barrier. This will act as a retail space as well as serving ice cream, the retail piece I suspect will be as or more profitable than selling scoops. Canalside is not an attractive spot for this kind of retail.

  • flancrest

    Hooray! Finally someone with a good product will give this spot a go. No surprise the terrible ice cream previously offered was not a huge hit. If I want Perry’s Ice Cream, I’ll buy it at the store.

    IMO some credit for this should go to Richard Hamilton. Hertel East of Starin was seeing businesses close until he opened DST (yes, technically West of Starin). Hopefully the trend will continue!

    • Bringing back Buffalo

      Richard Hamilton should get some credit……GTFOH.

      • flancrest

        You’ve changed my mind with your strong, well reasoned argument supported by fact.

    • eagercolin

      Most of the credit should go to the owners of BOSS, who were brave enough to open the first restaurant serving steak and seafood not just in this neighborhood, but the entire city!

      • Mytwocents

        Too bad they couldn’t keep their doors open, even after bring in Mr HUUUGGEE

        • eagercolin

          Yes, a real shame. True innovation — for example, serving steak and seafood in a restaurant — is too often punished rather than rewarded. Hopefully, the first time a restaurant manages to succeed while serving both steak and seafood, they’ll look back at BOSS and acknowledge them as the pioneers that they were.

          • Mytwocents

            Am I missing something? Did they claim to have done that? Bringing the “who would’ve thought of that?” combo of steak and seafood to Buffalo for THE FIRST TIME??

          • Johnny Pizza

            You are missing the sarcasm, or at least that’s how I read eagercolin’s post.

          • Mytwocents

            I had a hunch, but who knows anymore..

  • grovercleveland

    Interesting that people point out “location matters”. Where were all these voices when Delaware North was getting killed on this site for not building elsewhere for their HQ?

    • Bringing back Buffalo


    • Mytwocents

      There were only a few individuals that were “killing” the Delaware North project. At least that’s how I saw it, and their argument was for preservation, which in that case was not even worth arguing because, well, you can look at the before and after pictures..

  • OldFirstWard

    Soft serve ice cream is the best. Fran-Ceils and Custard Corner are a big win in the southtowns.

  • Terrier1

    Elmwood is stuck with Fro-Yo – why couldn’t ONE of these three shops be in my neighborhood???
    Elvish Chocolates should get into ice cream in the warm summer months – their backyard patio would be the perfect place to enjoy a sundae!

    • Johnny Pizza

      Because the business owners have realized that no matter what they propose the backwards minded neighbors will block it or force their will onto them. There are no gains to be had anymore in EV because of the staunch opposition to anything and everything. If you can get some of your neighbors to change their stubborn minds on what should be happening over there perhaps you can convince some of these places to open up.

  • Carly Siters

    As an actual Hertel/N. Buffalo Resident my husband, myself and our two kids are THRILLED. This place is kid friendly! We are thrilled it is walking distance from our home. We live off of Parkside and are very excited that more is available on THAT end of Hertel. For example, Deep South, the new co-op being built and now this!