The Americone Dream is no more for one Boston ice cream shop. Ben & Jerry's in the Park Plaza has shut down, according to a tipster, who sent in the above photo. The location has also been removed from the Ben & Jerry's website. Three other locations in the area remain in operation.
This closure comes just three months after a franchise development manager reportedly eyed Boston for expansion of the brand. At the time, the company was looking for walkable, touristy places. There is currently a shop on Newbury Street, in Harvard Square, and at the New England Aquarium (that one is a small kiosk).
Earlier this year, a Ben & Jerry's in the Prudential Center closed.
The Park Plaza shop was an independently owned franchise, and a Ben & Jerry's representative said the company has reached out to the owner to get more information about the reason for the closure.
UPDATE: Ben & Jerry's has sent along the following letter, dated December 17 and attributed to general manager Ryan Midden from the company's Boston team:
"We are sorry to announce that after almost 30 years of serving up euphoria, our 20 Park Plaza location will be closing its doors at the end of this year. This shop was one of the first in the city, and in New England, and has been a treasured part of our Ben & Jerry’s Boston family. But, all good things must come to an end and we are excited to look towards the future of our scoop shops in Boston. We are thankful to the Park Plaza Hotel & their staff for making a great home for our little shop for so long. We are always looking for the next great location for one of our scoop shops and know that there are certainly many opportunities in this great city. We’ll be keeping our friends, neighbors & fans up to date with any new openings or locations. For now, please come visit us at our 174 Newbury Street location and feel free to reach out with any inquiries."