The grand opening of The Car Hop Ice Cream Shop at
2007 Doubleday Ave. in the Village
of Ballston Spa will take place June
7 at 6 p.m. Owner Mike Klein will officially
cut the ribbon on his new business, accompanied by Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano,
as well as members of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, family
and many friends, along with a strong showing from the Kustom Kulture car and
bike community Klein has supported over the years.
The Doubleday Avenue plaza, home to an ice cream
stand, an eat-in restaurant and a Dunkin Donuts for years, has been undergoing a
facelift during the past few months as Klein has taken over two storefronts and
added his own flair for cars, bikes and Kustom Kulture. His aim was to bring this
great little family stop back to life.
What makes the The Car Hop Ice Cream Shop different from most eateries? The
artwork on the outside of the building shows vehicles strategically placed and
hand-painted. All artwork is by internationally acclaimed Kulture artist, Doug
Hoch. Hoch's artwork will draw many automobile and art aficionados to the
business who would like to see firsthand what the artist has created
specifically for The Car Hop Ice Cream Shop.
During the summer months, Klein will offer the
finest of handcrafted foods, and will also be a destination for the car and
bike worlds, designating different nights for the enthusiasts to fire up their
engines and head on over. Monday is car night, and Tuesday is bike night, both from
5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. He assures everyone parking will not be an
The Car Hop Ice Cream Shop will be expanding by
fall and will be moving into a larger ’year-round space, currently housing the
newest of Upstate Cellular stores Klein owns. He will scale down Upstate
Cellular a bit to accommodate the ice cream shop’s move. The extra interior space
will be dedicated to offering the same fine made-to-order specialties in a
dining environment with hundreds of culture art items to view. The current Car
Hop will be altered to a new and exciting concept in 2014.
The Car Hop menu features many items not traditionally
found in similar restaurants, such as: Nathan's Hot Dogs, fresh hamburger and steak,
Black and Tan onion rings, custom-made and named sandwiches, fried Oreos, bacon
sundaes, premium soft serve, Perry's ice cream and many homemade items made
fresh daily. Customers can order from the core menu board, and also select among
new ideas and daily specials.
Klein is excited to say that his manager of The
Car Hop Ice Cream Shop is the famous Lovey Lee. She is most remembered as a
local morning disc jockey with humor and personality that got many commuters to
work on time and in a great mood, Klein said. Lee is critical in formulating daily
specials, having been in the restaurant business for 25 years. With a flair and
a passion for food preparation, she is always on a daily mission to add
something a little different to the menu. An ice cream shop offering shepherd's
pie as a special is unheard of. But not here. Lee found a day when the weather
was not working in their favor--a little too wet and damp for a traditional
lunch. So she quickly put together homemade shepherd's pie, saving the day and
warming all who enjoyed the special.
The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m.
on Sundays. Visit the Car Hop Ice Cream Shop Facebook page to check hours and