Florida Eatery Ceases Operations Unexpectedly, Blames Financial Struggles: ‘Tried Our Best To Hang In There


If someone in Florida wants a sweet treat, they don’t have to look too far. You can choose from places like Dairy Queen, The Magic Cow in Davy, and Jaxson’s Ice Cream in Dania Beach.

People in South Florida will have one less choice, though, because a famous candy store closed because of money problems.

This chain of ice cream shops was started in 1984 by a fireman who named a small shop after his wife. At some point, the store would grow very large. It is now in 30 states and has about 500 shops, according to the company’s website and LinkedIn.

The business sells gelati, Italian ice, and custard. LinkedIn for the company says that the Wall Street Journal called the franchise one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers.

How Did Things Go In Florida? According to Tap Into Coral Springs, the company announced on social media in September 2023 that it would be closing its University Drive site. The post included the following:

“We tried our best to hang in there but it’s just not enough. We will sourly miss the love and support we got from this Community and encourage all of our fans to stop in one last time to say goodbye.”

The newspaper said that there was supposedly a note from the owner on the front door saying that the restaurant owed $13,147 in rent.

The Sun says that the social media post only gave a few days’ notice of the closing.

What People at Coral Springs Have To Say Rita’s Place: Yelp People who have reviewed Rita’s in Coral Springs give it 4.2 out of 5 stars, with many saying nice things about the staff, range, and flavor combinations.

Someone named Harvey wrote this review:

“Rita’s is always awesome. They have great Italian ice and gelato and usually have a bunch of different flavors. The staff is usually friendly. The location in Coral Springs was no exception. My son ended up not liking the mint chocolate chip ice cream and thus, they gave him another flavor for free. This was a really nice gesture This location was also really clean and nicely laid out. I tried the peach Italian ice and was good. We will keep coming back to Rita’s.”

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