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Bruster's Ice Cream

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Bruster's Ice Cream, Inc.
Bruster's Real Ice Cream
Company typePrivate
GenreFast-food restaurant, ice cream parlor
Founded1989; 35 years ago (1989)
FounderBruce Reed[1]
Number of locations
Area served
United States (22 states)
South Korea
Key people
Jim Sahene (CEO[1])
Productsice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, hot dogs, soft drinks, frozen custard, cakes, waffle cones
RevenueIncreaseUS$91.1 million (2021)
OwnerBruce Reed
Number of employees
2,125 (2021)

Bruster's Ice Cream, Inc. [a], also known as Bruster's Real Ice Cream or Bruster's, is an American chain of ice cream parlors based in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania.[2] Their primary operating region is in most states east of the Mississippi River. The company's main products are ice cream and frozen yogurt, made on site with a milk-based mix at each individual store and made fresh in order to avoid ice crystal formation. There are 200 independently owned locations in 22 states, Guyana and South Korea.


A Bruster's in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Bruce Reed got his start with the ice cream business in the 1950s, when, as a child, he helped out his parents at their diner, Jerry's Curb Service, in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, a small town located 27 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.[3] It was through this experience that Reed would learn from his dad the secrets to the restaurant business.[citation needed]

In 1989, Reed opened an ice-cream shop right next door to Jerry's. Then Reed began operating under the Bruster's name after 15 months in the business.

Bruster's also began franchising and has outlets in Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Guyana, and recently in South Korea as well. Bruster's remains headquartered in Bridgewater.


Some Bruster's locations also operate as franchisees of Nathan's Famous, with Nathan's hot dogs and other menu items sold in addition to ice cream.[4]


The recipe book that Bruster's uses consists of over 170 recipes.[citation needed] Bruster's also makes handmade ice cream cakes, homemade waffle cones, milkshakes, sundaes, and banana splits. Bruster's has recently introduced a limited range of non-dairy ice cream flavors made with oat milk.


  1. ^ Pronounced /brustʌrs/ brew-STER


  1. ^ a b "About Bruster's". Brusters. Archived from the original on 26 November 2021. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Bridgewater Bruster's marks 25th anniversary celebration". The Beaver County Times. July 11, 2014. Archived from the original on May 25, 2019. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Gannon, Joyce (May 22, 2005). "Bruster's founder launches new curbside franchise". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Rearick, Kristie (April 23, 2013). "Dining Out: Bruster's Real Ice Cream and Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs". NJ.com. Retrieved May 25, 2019.

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