Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant, a once-popular chain known for its elaborate ice cream sundaes, plans to open at The Shops at Mission Viejo this fall. Although the Mission Viejo store will be Farrell’s second location in the continental United States (the other is in Santa Clarita), it will be the first of the company’s “original concept” stores, which will be similar in design to the Farrell’s establishments from the 1960s.
Founded in 1963 by Robert "Bob" Farrell in Portland, Ore., Farrell’s quickly became known for its ice cream creations such as the Gibson Girl and the 8-pound Farrell’s Zoo sundae, and at one point it operated nearly 130 locations nationwide. However, after the company was sold twice, nearly all of its locations closed by the early 1990s.
Parlour Enterprises revived the Farrell’s name in 2001 by opening the location in Santa Clarita. After the store became a success, the company secured the license and trademark to Farrell’s for future development.
Although the Mission Viejo location will be largely reminiscent of the original Farrell’s stores, the menu will include more contemporary items such as frozen yogurt and sugar-free ice cream, and a bistro-style restaurant menu will provide a wider selection of meal items.
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