Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Now Open in Glendale-Arrowhead Area

Grand opening with free ice cream for first 200 guests is Nov. 17

For months, ice cream lovers in the Glendale-Arrowhead area watched construction progress on the new Bruster’s Real Ice Cream at 17115 N. 51st Avenue near Bell Rd., with many asking on Facebook when the first scoops would be served. Their wait is over, as the shop opened Thursday, Oct. 25.

An official grand opening celebration will be held Saturday, Nov. 17. Details are being finalized, but the first 200 guests in line will receive free scoops of ice cream. Watch for updates at

Bruster’s, based outside Pittsburgh in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, prides itself on making ice cream the old-fashioned way, using slow kettle processing to create its unique flavor. Its home-style mix is delivered fresh from its Pennsylvania dairy to each shop where small artisan batches of frozen treats are made daily by Certified Ice Cream Makers.

Local owner Dan Tarkoff, who lived in Pittsburgh for 17 years before moving to Phoenix, always thought owning a Bruster’s shop would be fun. “It’s a happy business,” said Tarkoff, whose daughter worked at Bruster’s during high school. “You make a product people really enjoy, and it gives me the opportunity to have a positive impact on our teens and young adult employees.”

Bruster’s premium ice cream may be enjoyed in crunchy, handmade waffle cones, sundaes, candy-filled blasts and thick milkshakes. Freezes, Italian ices, sherbets, and sorbets, as well as fat-free and no-sugar-added treats, are served. Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry are always on hand, along with seasonal and crowd favorites. Guests can even request their favorite flavor be made for them.

Bruster’s recipe catalogue includes more than 150 flavors. The 51st Ave. location will open with 35 of the most popular, including Butter Pecan, Oreo, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Graham Central Station. With fall upon us, the shop is offering Bruster’s Harvest Fall Fresh Flavors of Caramel Apple Crunch, made from apple ice cream with caramel cinnamon ribbons and cinnamon shortbread pieces, and Pumpkin Patch, prepared from pumpkin ice cream layered with graham ribbons and crunchy pie pieces.

Along with its renowned ice cream, Bruster’s is famous for its free doggy sundaes, popular with guests and their pets. Cakes and pies are offered for every occasion, along with ice cream in pints, quarts and half gallons.

Bruster’s Sweet Rewards Loyalty Program app may be downloaded on Google Play or at the Apple App Store. Guests also may register via a link at New registrants receive a $3 reward for joining. Afterward, they receive one point for every $1 spent, with 50 points earning a $5 reward.

Hours at Bruster’s are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The location has a convenient drive-thru, as well as walk-up service. School and local group representatives may contact the store for fundraising ideas at or 480-335-2498.

Bruce Reed, the “Bruce” in Bruster’s, created the brand in 1989 with a commitment to freshness and quality ingredients that remains today. There are nearly 200 independently operated Bruster’s locations in 20 U.S. states, South Korea and Guyana. Click here for franchise information.

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Dan Tarkoff, owner