The Drive-In Tasty Freeze provides the 'crunchies' 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper

My friend Clay is obsessed with crunchies. Mind you, he’s a grown-ass adult, but he says the word “crunchies” like a kid, with an inflection in his voice that hints at nostalgia beyond a sweet tooth. What he’s talking about, I learn when I get to The Drive-In’s walk-up window, is a “crunch coat” on the soft-serve ice cream, which is actually sprinkles mixed in with crumbled peanut brittle. I take the recommendation and indeed enjoy the hell out of a small chocolate-vanilla-swirl ice cream in a cake cone.

Get it while you can, because although new owners (as of April) Kevin Bergsten and Anissa Hornsey expanded hours (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, until 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday), they still have plans to close for the cold season on Oct. 1. The couple, who recently sold their house and downsized into an RV, bought the business from its third owner since 1955, Bill Miller, a friend of 20 years who passed away just as the handover was underway. “It’s an important venue and icon of the North End and Colorado Springs in general,” says Bergsten. “That’s one thing we wanted to keep going, for Bill’s memory and his family, but it’s also now a big thing for our family.”

The couple has returned hamburgers to the menu and added some items like fried pickles, plus a new Brookie Hot Fudge Sundae, featuring a fudge brownie under a garnished chocolate chip cookie. Next year they aim to add a back deck for live music events, but whatever they do they want to honor the “traditional Americana drive-in ... it’s like a little time capsule is what we want to convey to people... like a little walk back in time.”

Location Details The Drive-In
2309 N. Weber St.
Colorado Springs, CO


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