Frosty Penguin in Park Ridge: Not ‘Happy Feet’ ... frozen treats
Armen and Melina Ovassapian, owners of Frosty Penguin Grill in Park Ridge, pose at the establishment May 17. The Ovassapians are looking to open May 25. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
NAME: Frosty Penguin Grill
SPECIALTY: Soft-serve ice cream, sundaes
LOCATION: 1056 Busse Highway, Park Ridge
OPENS: Tentatively Memorial Day weekend
Updated: June 29, 2012 9:49AM
Residents on the south end of Park Ridge have their Dairy Queen, but now north siders are getting the chance to enjoy their own neighborhood spot for cold, summer treats.
Armen and Melina Ovassapian are the owners of Frosty Penguin Grill, set to open Memorial Day weekend at 1056 Busse Highway. Soft-serve ice cream and sundaes are the primary draws on the menu, sharing space alongside hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, soft drinks and a selection of salads.
“We want it to be a fun atmosphere — family-friendly, good food and very happy,” Melina Ovassapian said.
Ovassapian’s family previously operated a Dairy Freeze at the site, but during the past decade the building has been home to a few short-lived fast-food businesses or has been vacant.
“Now we’re coming back,” Ovassapian said. “We own the property and thought this (new restaurant) would be great. We have teenagers in the family and it’s going to be a great family business.”
The plan is for Frosty Penguin Grill to be open year-round. During the summer months seating will be available outside.
“Park Ridge is a great community. It is a very family-oriented community and I’ve always thought this was a great place,” Ovassapian said. “We had many wonderful years here and I think this will be the start of another chapter.”
A May 25 opening is planned.