Sandcastle launches Kickstarter to add soft serve next season

More chilly treats are on their way when Sandcastle re-opens this spring

More chilly treats are on their way when Sandcastle re-opens this spring

I scream. You scream. We all scream for soft serve. Oh, wait. 

Well we do if it's served on the beachfront, which sounds particularly glorious right now, in the midst of yet another snow emergency, and we definitely do if it's all dressed up with fruit and sweets and cereal topping combos from Doug Flicker. 

But are we desperate enough for olive oil-topped vanilla with sea salt that we'd shell out some real money for it? Flicker and his business partners Chele Payer and Amy Greeley, who also happens to be his wife, are hedging their bets on Sandcastle's fans. They've launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring soft serve to Sandcastle.

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They're asking for $17,000 to cover the cost of dispensing equipment and the use of an outside vendor to get the actual soft serve product. If they reach their goal, Greeley says Sandcastle will have vanilla, chocolate, and twist cones on sale from the full-service and to-go windows when they re-open for the season this spring. "The whole process of soft serve is new to us," says Greeley. "So we will be learning much as we go along. We imagine being able to be more creative in the future."

Where they'll flex their creative muscles is in the toppings. "Doug is on a breakfast cereal kick right now so I think we will definitely have those as toppings -- Fruity Pebbles, Quisp, and Captain Crunch," says Greeley. "We are also going to be offering granola bars this year and so we'll have some granola toppings, sprinkles, and likely fruit, too."

Interestingly, soft serve was actually a part of the original plan for Sandcastle's opening last year, but Greeley revealed that construction costs and other last-minute hurdles like bonding requirements and fixing the order window doors depleted that budget. Still, they were still able to offer some frozen treats, including a chocolate-dipped banana with pine nut brittle. 

Until Sandcastle re-opens, the other focus for the business will be completing the new seating area. The current plans have space for a pavilion and a more formalized beer garden than the makeshift one they had up last year. "We are still waiting to hear an official timeline from the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board on when the seating will start and be finished. It will be somewhat weather dependent," says Greeley. "We hope to be open by early to mid-May this year with seating partially to mostly completed."

In their second season, they'll also introduce what they're calling "Neighborhood Nights" with special dinner features like fried chicken, tacos, sloppy Joes, and a new signature hot dog. Drink options will also be expanding with coffee from Peace Coffee and kombucha from Verdant Tea.

You can visit the Sandcastle soft serve Kickstarter page to show your support for this new project or visit the Sandcastle website to learn more about what they've got in store for the 2014 season.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the Kickstarter goal amount as $1,500. The correct amount is $17,000. The article has been updated to reflect this.

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