It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
If one Paramount restaurant is great, two must be better. At least that seems to be the thinking when the Eat Drink Laugh Restaurant Group decided to open a South Boston sister to the wildly popular original Paramount on Beacon Hill a couple of years back. Lines out the door of the 15-year-old original iteration are a testament to a winning formula, which no one messed with in the South Boston outpost, serving three hearty meals a day, seven days a week. Like the original, the caramel and bananas french toast flies out of the kitchen at breakfast, while regular diner favorites – pulled pork tacos and house burgers – fill out the menu. The casual spot has a fierce following, with customers lining up inside the warm diner space for a chance to brunch their hearts out.
Cafe Arpeggio is one of a small chain of three cafés scattered throughout Massachusetts with a dedication to fresh and locally-sourced produce. The South Boston branch, serves gourmet sandwiches, micro-roasted coffees and award-winning handmade ice cream, among other items like soups and salads. The ice cream is made by owner Rob Gould at the Fall River location, where he has a roster of 103 recipes he’s created and makes depending on demand and the seasons. Each café has 15 to 20 flavors available at any given time. The coffee, which has a loyal following, is imported from the café’s roasting facility in New York, where it's hand-batched and delivered often. Even if it sold nothing but coffee and ice cream, the café would be busy, but the homemade soups and enormous varieties of sandwiches are also highly rated.