We’re bringing back a favorite! This week we’re taking you “Off The Beaten Path” showing you unique places around Northwest Arkansas. Our first stop takes us Northeast to Garfield where we find a super sized summer treat!
Grill Manager Gary Buss says, “There’s not a lot of places that serve a soft serve cone.”
Down the road in Garfield, you’ll find that soft serve ice cream isn’t just a treat, it’s a tradition. Buss says, “It started back in 1985. We bought the first machine in Garfield.”
Managing the grill back then, Buss says the famous big cone is actually a big mistake. He says, “I can’t take any credit, the employees are the one that caused it to happen. I had a high school girl working for me when we bought our first ice cream machine…There was a certain gentleman that came in and he always wanted a bigger cone and he’d egg her on and she just kept going and going and they got bigger and bigger and that’s why I was trying to control it. I was trying to control the profit.”
Buss says he tried all kinds of things to get his employees to make the cones smaller. “It just grew and grew. I bought them a scale, I taped up a ruler, I tried all kinds of things to control it and never could control it,” he says.
According to Buss, everybody kept coming in asking for the big cone. The size of the cone has grown since then, but Buss has no idea who the owner of the biggest cone is. “Dependent on the machine at any point in time it may be – ice cream may be a little stiffer at certain times, so the sizes definitely vary and every person that works here makes them different,” he says.
A new machine now makes cones even bigger than they had been in the past, so if you haven’t made a trip to the Short Stop, add it to your Summer to-do list!
Buss says, “It’s a unique experience really – especially a big cone.”
You can find more information about the Short Stop here!