National City

Dish It Up: 'In an ice cream store, people are happy'

Dish It Up: 'In an ice cream store, people are happy'

The grind of having to meet daily deadlines at work lead to burnout for Patti Finnegan, who decided operating a scoop shop would be a better pace of life. So, she put together a business plan and when she caught wind that a decades-old ice cream shop in National City was in need of a new owner curiosity set in.

That National City institution, which was at the time a mere 47 years old, was Niederfrank's Ice Cream. Founded by brothers Elmer and Ed, the shop had been churning out the frozen treat in the same fashion since opening its doors in 1948. After the second set of shop owners decided to hang up their hats, they wanted to make sure that whoever took over would honor that age-old...

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