You would think with all their success, they would be hesitant to change anything—"if it ain't broke don't fix it!"—but rather than rest on their laurels, Big Gay has made a number of changes to their product line including a host of brand new toppings and flavors.
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It's hard not to love Big Gay Ice Cream, the only ice cream business I know of with a unicorn as its mascot and a novelty cone called a Salty Pimp. But their new soft serve from Ronnybrook dairy is a new level of delicious.
When Big Gay Ice Cream owners Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff decided they'd like to expand their West Village shop's offerings to include pastries, they knew who to turn to: La Newyorkina, and their friend, Fany Gerson. The result? A unique menu including guava and cream cheese empanadas, a dulce de leche and almond doughnut, and more.
Doug Quint is just fun. New Yorkers have known this since the beginning, when the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck was getting press coverage even before it rolled out onto the streets in 2009. Since then Quint and partner Bryan Petroff have kept their signature style—soft serve ice cream piled with inventive toppings and served with a smile—true and consistent as their business expanded to an East Village storefront and a national presence.
Pretty soon you won't have to follow the Big Gay Ice Cream truck's tweets for their rolling whereabouts (though, you should, since their tweets are usually pretty entertaining). In mid-June, Bryan Petroff and Doug Quint will open a brick-and-mortar shop on the East 7th Street block between First Avenue and Avenue A, what's already been nicknamed one of the tastiest blocks in the city.