This might rightly go in the food group, but I figure this sort of public service announcement should be shared with everyone.
Ice cream used to be easy to come by in the university area. The Hippo was a much-revered establishment that used to keep our bellies cool and our hippie creds current. It's been gone for ages. And there was a Baskin Robbins at Central and Buena Vista that was open for many years. Its closing about 5 years ago (maybe longer now?) was a huge disappointment to some of us who live nearby---say, 928 ft. from front door to front door---and to anyone who lined up for free single scoop cones whenever the shop held a promotion. The fact that those 31 delicious flavors were replaced by a check cashing place is another disappointment that we won't go into here.
But Baskin Robbins has returned!! The Dunkin Donuts at the corner of Central and Mesa has opened a Baskin Robbins counter inside the donut shop. They don't have all 31 flavors, presumably because of space limitations, but there were about 20 or so when I was in earlier today. And they prepare sundaes, shakes, soft serve and some "blizzard-y" treats, for those of you wonder why in the hell there's no Dairy Queen within a couple miles of UNM. They also have a case with pre-packaged ice cream, cakes, and those creepy clown cones that alternately terrify and entice.
I bring this up because I have been in a few times (I loooove ice cream in warm weather) and I haven't seen any other customers bellying up to the ice cream case. I can only assume it's because folks just don't know how close they are to a cherries jubilee & jamocha almond fudge banana royale with chocolate sauce. Or, you know, a small scoop of sugar-free vanilla.
The return of ice cream to the neighborhood is viewed with delight in my household and it would be disappointing to see it go again. While I'm doing my darnedest to keep their ice cream sales up, I'm no guarantee that Dunkin might decide their experiment isn't working. So next time you're cruising Central on a hot day or you just have a craving while in the University neighborhood, stop by and grab a cone. If I see you there, I'll treat you to one of those clown cones. But only if I get to watch you try and eat it.