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Original Carvel store is closing

October 3, 2008 3:33:20 PM PDT
They're still putting the icing on cakes, but the writing is on the wall. The original Carvel ice cream store is closing. The way the story goes, in 1934 Tom Carvel's ice cream truck broke down on Central Avenue in Hartsdale. The response was so positive as he sold the melting ice cream, he opened a store on the very spot.

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.

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