Kohr Bros. Now Serving Frozen Custard in Beach Haven

By Eric Englund | Jul 03, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Beach Haven — On June 27, Kohr Bros. frozen custard shop opened at 806 North Bay Ave. in Beach Haven. Its location has manager Bob Fasy believing business should be booming, as it sits between Fantasy Island Amusement Park and Bay Village. Behind it is Thundering Surf.

“Those are places that draw a lot of people, so we expect many will be coming in,” said Fasy. “We did pretty well our first weekend, but it ought to be really good after July 4.”

Besides chocolate and vanilla custard, the store offers peanut butter, chocolate mint, coffee and orange sherbet. There are also waffle cones and sprinkles.

“In the fall, we’ll look to have pumpkin spice flavor,” he said.

According to the Kohr Bros. website, the company’s origins date back to 1917, when a schoolteacher from York, Pa., named Archie Kohr purchased a locally made ice cream machine that was powered by a gasoline engine. He and his younger brothers, Elton and Lester, wanted to expand the dairy business they ran from the family’s farm.

The fresh, homemade ice cream was a popular addition to the milk delivered door to door by the Kohr brothers’ horse-drawn wagon. They experimented with the recipe; it now had less fat and less sugar for a smoother, lighter product.

Archie and Elton were not satisfied. They dismantled the machine, changed some parts and adjusted others. When they put their modified machine back together and ran the new recipe through it, what came out was something unlike any other dairy treat they had ever tasted. It was silky and creamy, cold and refreshing.

Sylvester Kohr, their uncle, urged the brothers to take their new machine and frozen dessert to the shore. Following his advice, they set up a small booth on the bustling boardwalk of Coney Island in 1919. On their very first weekend, they sold more than 18,000 cones at a nickel each.

“They knew they were on to something great,” the site says.

Today, there are nearly 30 stores located in New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland. Beach Haven is the 13th location at the Jersey Shore.

Currently, the business is open from 11 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.

“We’ll probably stay open seven days a week through part of September,” said Fasy. “We’ll have to see how it goes.”

For more information, call Kohr Bros. at 609-467-5426.

— Eric Englund


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