Rita’s Italian Ice Tests New Cafe Concept with Custom Donut Creations

World’s largest Italian Ice brand opens first Rita’s Cafe in Albuquerque

Rita's Italian Ice Tests New Cafe Concept with Custom Donut CreationsRita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian Ice brand with more than 600 stores worldwide, announced the testing of a new cafe concept with the opening of a location in Albuquerque, New Mexico — the first of five Rita’s Cafe stores in the U.S. The new concept is an exciting evolution of the brands’ beloved frozen treat offerings, which in the select markets, will now include fresh donuts, coffee and specialty drinks, in addition to its signature Italian Ice and famous Frozen Custard treats.

“Expanding our menu with fresh, custom donuts and coffee creations was an obvious choice for us,” said John Small, vice president of international and concept development at Rita’s Franchise Company. “As we looked to expand business hours to new dayparts, the cafe concept gave us the perfect opportunity to provide our guests with delicious, quality products that also naturally fit within our existing menu of famous frozen treats.”

In addition to Rita’s signature Italian Ice and Frozen Custard, the Rita’s cafe menu will include unique donut creations such as Maple Bacon, French Toast, Chocolate Chip and Strawberry Shortcake, as well as create-your-own options – customizing a freshly made Vanilla Cake Donut with a variety of icings and toppings of choice.   In addition to fresh donuts, Rita’s Cafe will offer specialty beverages combining Rita’s award-winning Frozen Custard with coffee, espresso and hot chocolate, and will feature new items that combine fresh donuts into frozen treats such as a Donut Blendini, Donut Sundae and Donut Milkshake.

The Rita’s café concept will be tested in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Ammon, Idaho; Bloomington, Minnesota; and Scotts Valley, California, and are all anticipated to open in the first half of 2016.

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The popular chain offers many delicious frozen treats that combine their famous Italian Ice and award-winning Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard, including layered Gelati, blended Misto Shake and a personalized Blendini which mixes Italian Ice, Frozen Custard and a delicious topping. Other menu items include Milkshakes, Frozen Drinks, Sundaes, Frozen Custard Cakes and Custard Cookie Sandwiches. Since 1984, Rita’s has been dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with its freshly made, delicious treats in a fun-filled atmosphere, and over thirty years later, it is still spreading “Ice, Custard, Happiness!” For more information about Rita’s Italian Ice, please call 1-800-677-7482 or visit www.ritasice.com.