Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Little More About Coneys


Coneys Frozen Custard is celebrating their 10-year anniversary this Saturday with free custard, a carnival, & special guest appearances by Bob Womack, Miss Orem, and a balloon clown!  You will want to find yourself celebrating with them this weekend!  Check out this press release about the history of Coneys Frozen Custard and the father & son duo behind the restaurant: 
This Saturday, Coneys Frozen Custard, a favorite local restaurant started by the father and son duo of J. Dale and Jason Christensen, will celebrate 10 years of business in their award-winning store on University Parkway, near Mimi’s CafĂ© in Orem, with free custard and a carnival event.  Coneys was brought to life after Jason Christensen fell in love with frozen custard during business travels. It has become a place of employment for many young students and a favorite in the community for being a family-friendly restaurant with quality ice cream (custard), premium burgers and of course, coneydogs.
“I have lived in Provo since 1990. I wanted Utah County to experience frozen custard like the Midwest, and with my dad soon retiring from public education, it was the perfect time  to make it happen,” said Jason Christensen, co-owner of the Coneys Frozen Custard. “Coneys became a reality after many family discussions and with additional encouragement of a business partner, Jeremy Curtis, who was living in Milwaukee, WI, “the Frozen Custard Capitol of the World.”  
With the entrepreneurial mind of Jason, additional financial backing of Curtis, and the work ethic of J. Dale, the business plan for Coneys unfolded.  The trio spent time interacting with successful frozen custard companies across the county, attending “scoop school”, several custard crawls throughout Milwaukee, and brainstorming with the Christensen family to get every aspect of Coneys exactly right.
“No one in the family has had any experience in the food business, aside from the little business Jason had selling eggs, corn and tomatoes from our small family farm to the neighbors while he was growing up,” said J. Dale, manager of Coneys.  “It’s fulfilling to see that my son who once sold my corn, has become a successful entrepreneur and created a community restaurant that has kept his dad young.”
J. Dale, who served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in public education, has led the strong management team at Coneys since the beginning.  Coneys is known for J. Dale’s friendly-face, alongside co-managers Katharina Green and David Anderson.  J. Dale has also been a strong force at Coneys in supporting the community, including local schools and other learning institutions.  Coneys’ support of the community has come full circle, as the restaurant has been showered in awards including Best of State in the specialty ice cream and food categories, and even a front cover of Salt Lake Dining Magazine for the best gourmet burger in the state.  The restaurant has also developed dozens of loyal customers.
Coneys will celebrate the success of 10 years in business and show appreciation for the community with a Coney Island themed celebration full of games, giveaways, and a special guest appearance from Miss Orem from 12-4 pm this Saturday.  Free custard cones will also be served from 12-8pm. 

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