In a Know: Ice cream tradition to continue in red A-frame in Naples

September 13, 2017 - photo frame






Ice cream and prohibited dogs are returning to a small A-frame on U.S. 41 in Naples.
Tim Aten


The ideal inheritor has been found to lift on a half-century tradition of ice cream, prohibited dogs and some-more during a small red A-frame on U.S. 41 in downtown Naples.

Schnapper’s Hots Char-Grill, a Sanibel Island establishment for scarcely 20 years, is entrance to a site that hosted Dairy Queen for decades and many recently All American Shake Shop.

“It’s a solid in a rough. It needs someone like me to gloss it up,” pronounced Dave Acheson, who has owned Schnapper’s Hots on Sanibel for 6 years.


Acheson took over Jun 2011 as usually a second owners of Schnapper’s in a prolonged story during 1528 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. Vince Chiaramonte launched a small prohibited dog dilemma in 1998.

“We lift on 99.9 percent of a tradition,” Acheson said. “It’s a takeoff from Ted’s (Hot Dogs) out of Buffalo, New York. We make a possess french fries. We make a possess onion rings. We hand-patty a burgers. We know Buffalo wings. We try to sinecure good people and put out good food.”

Acheson promotes Schnapper’s as an iconic grill with a 1950s-era feel entrance into an iconic building in Naples.

“We’re a ideal fit, a ideal grill for that small building,” he said.

Patrons come inside to place takeout orders during Schnapper’s, though a eatery has usually outside seating. The aged DQ in Naples is identical though usually has a walk-up window for ordering.

“We work roughly a same approach on Sanibel. We have no inside seating,” pronounced Acheson, who is perplexing to get city capitulation to emanate a small indoor area for congregation to place orders.

“We are anticipating people can travel inside and sequence and see us put their things together,” he said. “We try to open adult a kitchen so we guys can see what we’re doing.”

Otherwise, design few other modifications to a classical A-frame landmark in Naples. Its high roof will even sojourn red, Acheson said.

Acheson is perplexing to open Schnapper’s second plcae by Nov. 30, a week after Thanksgiving. He hopes a issue of Hurricane Irma doesn’t delayed him down adequate to forestall him from creation that date.

“The usually thing I’m disturbed about is signs,” he said. “I’m still anticipating we can get open by a 30th.”

The strange Schnapper’s has scarcely 50 flavors of Siesta Key-based Big Olaf ice cream, and creates hand-dipped milkshakes, malts, base drink floats, prohibited fudge sundaes and other cold treats. Acheson is awaiting to lift 32 flavors of ice cream during a new plcae though differently will underline Schnapper’s same tried-and-true menu.

“I trust we can fit a rest of a menu in that building,” he said.

As a name suggests, Schnapper’s Hots is famous for a char-grilled prohibited dogs — out-of-date grocer emporium dogs with healthy casings. But a infrequent eatery has an endless menu of comfort food such as homemade fresh-cut Boardwalk fries, hand-battered uninformed Vidalia onion rings, creatively belligerent and hand-pattied burgers and cheeseburgers, authentic Buffalo wings, fish and chips, and grouper and duck sandwiches and baskets. The menu also facilities sandwiches such as grilled ham and cheese on rye, grilled cheese, a BLT, Polish kielbasa, bratwurst, Italian sausage and feet longs.

All American Shake Shop sealed during a finish of Jul after handling for some-more than 2½ years in that Naples landmark. Shake Shop owners Marion Barbour, who also is a longtime owners of a classical A-frame and that small dilemma lot, retains tenure of a property.

For some-more than 50 years, a Dairy Queen authorization operated on that dilemma of U.S. 41 and Fourth Avenue North. The 894-square-foot structure with a high rise was built in 1963 to Dairy Queen’s specifications.

But a chain’s internal franchisee left a aged building behind 5 years ago when he done a pierce 3 blocks north to launch a incomparable DQ Grill Chill.

In Feb 2015, after sitting empty for some-more than dual years, a strange small building became another ice cream emporium — All American Shake Shop — interjection to Barbour. Its informed red roof remained, most to a pleasure and wishes of generations of Neapolitans who combined memories there.

Until a midst ’90s, Barbour worked during a aged DQ given she and her father, George Barbour, owned that small store and had a internal DQ authorization given 1990. Although a Barbours sole their DQ authorization years ago and George Barbour died in 2012, Marion Barbour still owns a 10th of an hactare that was home to a strange DQ in Naples.

“It’s usually a good small postage stamp,” Barbour pronounced in an progressing interview.

Barbour renovated a venue’s interior and combined some-more lonesome seating adjacent to a building for congregation to suffer a accumulation of sandwiches and solidified treats.

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