For more than 40 years, Dairy Kastle has been serving up cold sweet treats and more to anyone who stops by the walk-up counter during the spring and summer months. And that all-encompassing “anyone” includes people’s pets, which often like ice cream as much as the average human.
In fact, Dairy Kastle has a menu item just for dogs — the Milk-Bone Sundae — that includes a dog biscuit topped with vanilla ice cream or a non-dairy option.
The venerable ice cream shop loves animals so much, they donate a portion of tips to the Humane Society and, just recently, started the Dogs of Dairy Kastle Instagram handle.
According to co-owner Katherine Smith, the idea for the account came from employee Gill Casey, who has offered to maintain the site, and will feature photos of all pets who visit the Kastle — mainly dogs, of course, but could also include cats, turtles, iguanas, ferrets and basically any living creature customers bring along while they enjoy the treats.
The Instagram account went live on March 26 and so far has over 220 followers. Smith says Casey will update the account as people send in photos, and nearly 20 posts have been made.
She expects it to grow rapidly as more and more people find out about it, because, well, who doesn’t love dogs and ice cream?
“We love our pets here,” says Smith. “We give to two charities each year — the Home of the Innocents and the Humane Society. So kids and dogs are what we love.”
Dairy Kastle opened in early March and will continue through mid-October. It’s been in business since 1976, and Smith and Damian Vitale have owned it for the last eight years. Smith says they employ about 11 people each season.
The affordable menu is cash only and includes ice cream staples like shakes, sundaes and Flurries (think Blizzards) and snacks like chili dogs (meat or vegetarian), nachos, barbecue pork and the delicious and convenient taco-in-a-bag.
Dairy Kastle is located at 575 Eastern Parkway. It’s open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.