The staff of Happy Pike Ice Cream and Snack Bar in West Chazy is ready to serve customers.
Happy Pike Ice Cream and Snack Bar is open for business and business is going well.
Kathy Ryan opened her seasonal business May 20 after losing her job when the pharmaceutical plant she worked at in Chazy closed its doors.
“I lost my job and needed to find work,” said Ryan. “I have always been active in the community and I like the social aspect of working with people.”
Ryan and her husband, Tim, are among those who started the Happy Pike Fishing Derby, which has been held annually in Chazy for the past 26 years. The Ryans have prepared food for the approximately 500 people who show up every Memorial Day Weekend, thus giving them the idea for the name of their business.
Starting the Happy Pike has been a challenge, said Ryan, though she credited her “great family and friends” for helping her with “all aspects of starting the business from the menu to the financial part of it.”
“I’ve grown along the way and it has been better than what I’ve expected for the first year of opening,” said Ryan, who employs eight people at her business. “My days have been very busy and I’ve had great reviews from many people who have visited me.”
Among the favorites of those who visit the Happy Pike are Ryan’s “Bubba Burger,” michigan sauce, pulled pork, taco salad, and buffalo chef salad. That’s not to mention her homemade potato, macaroni, pasta and coleslaw salads.
“We also have fresh subs and plenty of appetizers like beer battered onion rings, breaded veggies, bacon cheese fries and chicken wings,” said Ryan.
“A lot of my recipes are from family favorites passed down,” she added.
Last, but not least, is Happy Pike’s selection of soft serve ice cream and Hershey’s premium ice cream.
“We have a huge variety of toppings, syrups, shakes and cones,” said Ryan.
What keeps customers coming back — besides her menu — are her prices, said Ryan.
“My customers are also very pleased with the cost of their food,” she said. “I tried to make it affordable for families to come out and enjoy a meal without it costing them too much. I worked hard to get quality, quantity and affordability all in one.”
Happy Pike Ice Cream and Snack Bar is located at 562 Lake Shore Road and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday, Sept. 17. The grill is open until 8 p.m. and ice cream is served until 9 p.m. Starting the week of Sept. 18, the business will offer homemade soups and chili and will be open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. until it closes for the season in October. The business will reopen in May at which time Ryan hopes to have her beer and wine license.
Happy Pike Ice Cream and Snack Bar is on Facebook and may be reached at 846-3423.