Bruster’s Real Ice Cream closes greater Decatur location after 20 years in businessBruster's Real Ice Cream on Lawrenceville Highway. Image obtained via Google Streetview
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Bruster’s Real Ice Cream on Lawrenceville Highway in greater Decatur closed its doors on Sept. 2 after 20 years in business.
Visitors to the store found this sign:
The new owner of the Toco Hills location, Hasil Patel, said the previous owner closed the Decatur location for personal reasons. The previous owner owned both the Decatur location and the Toco Hills store, but Patel said he was only interested in purchasing the Toco Hills location.
Bryan Flint, the original owner of the Decatur Bruster’s store, said he was leasing the space on Lawrenceville Highway. He said the Decatur store hasn’t been profitable for years.
“The property owner wants to sell the property and move on,” he said. “An ice cream store doesn’t supplement what it’s worth.”
Flint apologized to the fans of the store who are sorry to see it go.
“I’ve been losing money from day one …,” he said. “I don’t think anybody else would try to keep it open. You can only sell ice cream for so much, unfortunately. If I could charge $20 a scoop, it would be great.”
Bruster’s corporate spokesperson Meredith Klein said, “On behalf of the Bruster’s team, we commemorate our customers and thank them for their patronage at Bruster’s of Decatur. We’re grateful for the many years of partnership and look forward to building new memories with customers at other nearby stores and across our many locations in Georgia.