Abbott's Frozen Custard
|Headquarters||Rochester, NY, USA|
|Arthur W. Abbott|
Abbott's Frozen Custard is a frozen custard franchise founded and based in Rochester, New York. The franchise has stores throughout New York state, and has expanded to other states including Massachusetts, Florida, Colorado, and South Carolina.
Abbott's Frozen Custard was founded in 1902 by Arthur Abbott, who would travel with small carnivals along the eastern seaboard. He marketed his dessert mainly to raise money to support his horse racing interests. In 1926, he settled in Rochester. He opened up shop at the corner of Lake and Beach Avenues, across the street from Ontario Beach Park, which at the time was an amusement park that drew crowds of people from all over the state.
In 1957, Leonard and Thelma Schreiber became the owners of Abbott's Frozen Custard and started franchising Abbott's locations. The first franchise was at 630 W. Ridge Rd in Rochester. That location closed in 2012. Other franchises would follow, along with other additions that contributed to the business. In 1981, Thelma Schreiber unveiled the "Turtle" dessert. In 2006 the Krispy Kreme doughnut chain added Abbott's custard to its product line at some stores in south Florida. A Japanese operator opened Abbott's outlets in Japan starting in 1999.
- Elizabeth Navisky, "Cold comfort: Abbott's custard brings back good memories for customers", Boston Globe, July 29, 2008.
- Diana Louise Carter, "Abbott's widens reach", Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 1, 2007 (pay site).
- "Blue Man Wins Preakness; 86G for Art Abbott", Billboard, May 31, 1952.
- "Krispy Kreme sweetens the deal at Boca shop: Doughnut giant to introduce Abbott's Frozen Custard into South Florida Menu", Boca Raton/Delray Beach News, March 14–15, 2006.
- "Four routes to the top in restaurant business", Japan Weekly Monitor, April 16, 2001.
- "Rochester Custard Company With Japanese Tsunami Connection", WHAM-TV, March 11, 2011.