Timmy O's Frozen Custard Carousel Concession Forest Park?
- janie May 24, 2009 08:28 PM
Noone to run the carousel or concession in Forest Park, closed and won't reopen until someone is found...wouldn't this be a great spot for Timmy O's to expand? A local shake shack in the making-----couldn't he partner with someone great out there looking to set up a concession next to a classic antique carousel? Such a shame for this to be a ghost town. The bandshell could have have such a great concert series, it's such a prime location, and it just goes to waste, with no promoter or organizer...isn't there anyone out there that does this sort of thing...and can make Forest Park into a cool spot for the locals?
For this to be possible, more people have to beat it on over to the original, and make that the resounding success it deserves to be. If this guy were in the East Village, I'm confident that this would not even be in question. But so be it.
For anyone who's interested, this guy has a passion for what he does, and makes a delicious product pretty much from scratch. He has kneeled at the altar of some of the giants of frozen custard in St. Louis and thereabouts, and knows what he's doing. Yeah, Corona is a trip for some, but there are other food destinations in the neighborhood (think Nixtomal, Leo's, not to mention tons of other Mexican, south and central American venues nearby). For me, Timmy's madagascar vanilla and blueberry pie flavors are the perfect dessert, even in the dead of winter.
Some enthusiastic reviews can be found on Serious Eats and Eating In Translation, as well as right here on Chowhound: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/551478
the problem with his location is that it's fine for people that live in the area (there are a lot of kids in corona),,and in fact he told me that he's actually selling more of the other food he offers to the local area people because there isn't anything like that around there.
Unless people happen to specifically be going there for other type of food, most people (excluding die hards--of which I don't know how many frozen custard chowhound diehards there are!) won't make such a detour for just frozen custard, even great frozen custard. I'm sure he gets the Mets crowds, etc, but definitely off season, it's not a destination. To whomever he is local, that will be his following. Even if people travel out of their way, it won't constitute enough of his business, so he's got to be in the right local place to drum up enough repeat and constant business.
That is why he needed to start putting some other foodstuff on his menu. Rent is a big problem, and not really sure what the new business initiative that has been offered to business in the forest hills district really offers--Obviously the owner is saavy about business, he comes from the business banking world with years of experience and while he wants to expand both physicaly and brand recognition wise, it's tough times now, and I think he's playing it out in that location to see how it goes.
But, yes, I agree with you, in the right location, he'd make a killing. Even a spot right near Sripiphrai, either a busy restaurant where most people seek out other places for dessert, or a VERY popular shopping street. I mention the park because I think it could be something wonderful, and would appeal to his old fashioned sensibility with the carousel there and the bandshell. I guess it's just wishful thinking on my part.
Sorry to tell you, I am a diehard fan of great tasting Custard and whenever I go to Timmy O's I GO OUT OF MY WAY !!
From my home it is a 30 minute drive that is well worth my time
No matter if you are or are not a Die hard you need to try this at least one time and then you won't be able to stay away
And TIMMY ROCKS !!!
49-07 104th St, Queens, NY 11368
When I was there last week I found myself fantasizing about other Timmy O's locations too. His place is really only convenient for folks living close by, or those with cars. I'll still hit the place one days when I'm out for a bike ride out in that direction. Great frozen custard, he's a great guy, and it's fun to be in the place.
I stopped by Timmy's Friday night and chatted with him for a while. The conversation turned to location and he mentioned that he wasn't getting the sort of local following he hoped for. Most of his custard customers were from other areas, while the neighborhood kids preferred hamburgers and fries. He was tossing around the idea of opening up shop elsewhere; I'm not really sure if he meant instead of or in addition to the current store.
I floated the idea of opening up near Sripraphai. (At the time I thought this was an original idea of mine, but now reading back over the thread I'm sure I just internalized janie's comment from several months ago.) I don't know if he'd have better luck with the local crowd, but at least he'd have a steady flow of Manhattan foodies.
If others have suggestions for where he could succeed, I'm sure he's receptive to customer input.
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377
partially selfish, I think he should come Sunnyside. I mean, I would get crazy fat eating custard everyday, but I think he would thrive- both with the many local families, but also it's close enough to manhattan to get the food tourists. Also, there is no other dessert place like it in the neighborhood- unless you count the cholados at Pecas y Mas. woodside also sounds like a good idea.
I believe his wife is originally from Corona, so that is why they choose its current location.
Pecas y Mas
44-20 Greenpoint Ave, Queens, NY 11104