Monday, March 21, 2016

Rita's in Ammon plans grand opening in April

Rita's in Ammon is looking at a grand opening in April.
The Ammon location in Sand Creek Commons is one of four restaurants where Rita's Italian Ice plans to test a new cafe concept that includes custom donuts, coffee creations and specialty drinks.
In addition to Ammon, the Philadelphia-based chain has plans to open in Albuquerque, N.M., Bloomington, Minn., and Scotts Valley, Calif., in the first half of 2016.

Dr. David Chamberlain, a general surgeon in Idaho Falls, has the rights to develop Rita’s in Idaho. He and his wife, Shawna, discovered Rita’s while in Utah and thought it represented a good investment opportunity. Under their agreement, they plan to build 12 stores in 10 years, of which the Sandcreek Commons location will be the first.

A grand opening is planned for April. The store’s Web site can be found here — RitasIceIdaho.com — and its Facebook page here — facebook.com/AmmonRitas1174.

"Expanding our menu was an obvious choice for us," said John Small, vice president of international and concept development at Rita's Franchise Company. "As we looked to expand business hours to new day parts, the cafe concept gave us the perfect opportunity to provide our guests with delicious, quality products that also naturally fit within our existing menu of famous frozen treats."

In addition to Rita's signature Italian ice and frozen custard, the Rita's cafe menu will include unique donut creations such as maple bacon, French toast, chocolate chip and strawberry shortcake, as well as create-your-own options – customizing a freshly made vanilla cake donut with a variety of icings and toppings of choice.  In addition to fresh donuts, Rita's Cafe will offer specialty beverages combining Rita's award-winning frozen custard with coffee, espresso and hot chocolate, and will feature new items that combine fresh donuts into frozen treats such as a Donut Blendini, Donut Sundae and Donut Milkshake.