September 4, 2020 by Carol Britton Meyer
Beach House Hingham -- a new seasonal ice cream shop featuring delicious Gifford's, Bliss, and Richardson flavors -- will make its debut in the new bathhouse at Hingham Harbor on Monday, Sept. 14.
The owners of Stars on Hingham Harbor, Tosca, Caffé Tosca, and Fireking Baking -- which are all part of Eat Well, Inc. -- are partnering in this endeavor, which will provide walk-up service.
"We did not want to limit the quality and flavors by dedicating to one vendor, so we opted to use three of the [most well-known] in the business, selecting the best from each one," Stars on Hingham Harbor General Manager Amanda Albee told the Hingham Anchor. The flavors will be decided soon. "We thought it would be a great place for an ice cream shop because it is the perfect location right on the beach,' she said.
Albee explained the inspiration behind opening the shop. "Ice cream has always been a favorite of one of the owners -- [Fireking Baking President] Greg Acerra, who has wanted to own an ice cream shop since he was a little boy," she said. "The company as a whole thought it was a great idea, because it is the perfect location and would be the perfect extension of what we do best -- providing delicious food and quality service to our guests."
This will be a seasonal business, running from April through October or November, depending on the weather. Hours of operation for the remainder of this season will be 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Next spring's hours have yet to be decided.
Social distancing and other COVID-19 requirements will be met, and there will be a separate entrance and a separate exit. Stanchions and floor markers will be in place to help the line of customers flow smoothly, with six feet in-between each one.
"We are excited to open to the public and can't wait to show off this beautiful space," Albee said.
Bathing Beach Trustee Alan Perault said the trustees "are pleased with this effort to [start to] build out the kitchen/snack stand section of the building during this challenging period." He also said the bathhouse restrooms will be open once the shop starts selling ice cream.
Earlier plans for a snack stand featuring a wide variety of beach food and other items have been temporarily delayed due to Covid-19. More details to come.
There are no plans to open the new community room this year, but the ice cream shop is a good start toward activating the bathhouse overall.