Since I started working downtown, one of the most common comments I'd hear was, "downtown needs an ice cream shop." And I completely agreed. I was thrilled when the Rico's Ice Cream Parlor sign went up in the Alliance Bank skyway and over the moon when the gates rolled up in early 2020. The timing of the pandemic and loss of most of downtown's daytime population just weeks after opening has been a challenge for Rico's, but they've stayed open this past year and continue to scoop cones and add to their menu.
From owner Rico Thomas:
"It is a pleasure to serve the great patrons of downtown Saint Paul. Growing up just across the river on the West Side, it has always been a dream of mine to be able to contribute to the culture of the city. I wanted to be able to give everyone downtown a little taste of the West Side, so I added breakfast tacos and burritos to the menu in an attempt to capture the aromas and flavors that were familiar to me growing up. Despite COVID-19 being a hit to business, it has been beneficial to me as a small business owner because I have been able to figure out what is working for my business and build on those strengths, as well as have enough leisure time to try new things. I would like to take the timeout to thank everyone who has been stopping by, trying our breakfast, and buying ice cream, as well as the new faces that plan on making their first visit to Rico's."
Rico's is currently open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with breakfast options available all day. As Rico mentioned, new offerings and specials are regularly available, so the best way to see what's new is to follow along on Instagram. Of course, you can't go wrong with an old fashioned banana split or waffle cone either.
This year we'll be regularly featuring the small businesses that make our downtown second to none.
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