New ice cream shop planned for Route 7

Spring has sprung and Easter has blossomed. Can the public’s hunger for ice cream and thirst for milk shakes be far behind?

The answer is no, according to an application made last week to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Stamford resident Jordan Savitt wants to open an ice cream shop, Gofer Ice Cream, at 379 Danbury Road near Wilton High School.

It is the site of a former picture framing shop. The 784-square-foot space would not be enlarged, only remodeled, said Bob Nerney, the town’s planning director.

Savitt is seeking a special permit to operate the take-out ice cream shop, which would be the third ice cream outlet in town.

The others are Scoops, in Wilton Center, and Heibeck’s, in Georgetown on Route 7.

The owner of the building where the ice cream shop is planned, which also houses a deli, is Richard Francia.

“Over the years we’ve seen a number of applications approved by the commission,” said Nerney, who could not directly comment on what the odds are the ice cream shop would be approved.

First comes the public hearing. That has been scheduled for April 24 at the town hall annex.

“Their intention is to be open for the summer,” Nerney said of the ice cream shop.

Heibeck’s is a seasonal ice cream business that also sells grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and other foods, including soups and tacos. It opened for the season on April 10.

Savitt, reached by telephone, said Gofer is a franchise operation with four other stores in Fairfield County, including one in Darien, which he owns. The Wilton location would be the second one that he personally owns.

The company has been in business 15 years, making its own ice cream, he said.

“There are 36 flavors of hard ice cream, with two flavors of soft ice cream, chocolate and vanilla, and two flavors of Gofer Lite, which is less calories on soft-serve as well. Plus we have four flavors of hard yogurt, and we’re open year-round,” Savitt said.

The other locations are Greenwich, Riverside and Stamford.

If approved, there would be indoor seating, about four tables plus counter seating, he said. It would be styled after the 1950s.

“We like to model ourselves as a 1950s Archie and Veronica ice cream parlor,” he said.