In the 1950s, Carvel replaced it with the distinctive glass front building that stands today. Tom Carvel himself became an institution, appearing in tv commercials as the company grew. In 1989, he sold the chain for 80-million dollars. He died a year later.
Abdol Faghihi bought the franchise from Carvel 25 years ago. He's now part owner of the land, but says his partners need to put a larger restaurant on the property to make back their investment. So it's goodbye softserve, hello Japanese steakhouse.
The bitter end will come on Sunday when the last sweet treat is sold.