Get ready to meet the James Brownie Funky Jackhammer. The top-selling frozen treat made with peanut butter, brownies and a hot fudge core, will headline the menu at Andy’s Frozen Custard, which will be building its first area location on the site of Terry’s Service Center (1200 Westport Road).
“We should be shoveling ground in mid-May which would hopefully let us have an opening date of September 1,” owner Andy Kuntz says.
The frozen custard chain, which started in Osage Beach, Missouri in 1986, currently has 21 locations in five states. The founders were Andy’s parents John and Carol Kuntz and Andy grew up working at a shop in Springfield, Missouri, where there are now five Andy’s. The new location on Westport Road (between Mercier and Holly) will have outdoor benches, a walk-up service counter and a drive-through window, but no seating inside.
The shop’s look will be created by Hufft Projects, a Kansas City design firm that has worked with Andy’s in the past. Although it’s early in the design stages, KC can expect a 10-foot-tall ice cream cone and a dose of neon. The new store is also a homecoming for Kuntz, who is a Kansas City Chiefs’ season ticket holder and has a house in the city.
“That’s the part of town that I’m used to and it’s an exciting area to be in,” Kuntz says of Westport. “I wanted our first store to have a Kansas City, Missouri, address. But we plan on opening more stores over the next five years.”
Andy’s Frozen Custard has two base flavors: chocolate and vanilla, made fresh every hour. The custard mix starts with milk from a small dairy outside of Chicago, Illinois. In addition to seasonal flavors — there’s a strawberry shortcake (Andy’s mother Carol’s recipe) that gets blackberries, blueberries and peaches swapped in every 40 days over the summer months — Kuntz intends to offer a Kansas City specific treat. Besides concretes, Andy’s dishes up cups, cones and sundaes. They also make shakes, malts and old-fashioned sodas with custard and seltzer water. They have custard bars (custard dipped in chocolate) and Italian ice too.
The location will be company-owned, as will all future area stores. When the Kansas City shop opens, it should be the 24th location for Andy’s. Another location in Austin, Texas, and one in Burbank, Illinois, are scheduled to open before this one. Earlier this year, Kuntz made it a point to visit with the Volker Neighborhood Association before moving forward with his first custard stand in KC.
“We feel very strongly for us to be successful as a business that we have to be connected to the community,” Kuntz says. “This isn’t a short-term commitment. It’s a forever commitment.”[Cookie Casanova image via Facebook: Andy’s Frozen Custard]