It’s been almost two years since Tina’s Italian Ices was serving up its long list of flavored frozen treats in Patchogue.
That all changed on Friday when the ice cream shop re-opened for the summer — it had forgone the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Something new you may notice at 410 West Main Street is the addition of açaí bowls on the menu.
Those come from a collaborative partnership between Tina’s and Bango Bowls.
“I’ve known the Capozzi family (owners of Tina’s) for years,” said Ryan Thorman, co-owner of Bango Bowls. “I actually went to school with Tina and we have been in talks for a while to work together.”
Bango Bowls, which has six other locations across Long Island, will have a limited menu at Tina’s, just serving up its açaí bowls. You can create your own with different toppings, or order from one of the already designed bowls listed.
Thorman is bringing in longtime friend and Blue Point native in on this project, Brian Brinskelle. Their goal is keep that community dessert shop-feel going.
“We’re bringing you the same old Tina’s that you know and love,” said Thorman. “It’s the same spot you fell in love with and have been coming back to for the last 10 years.”
Brinskelle, who will help run the day-to-day operations at Tina’s, is hyped to get to work with the Capozzis.
“This is an iconic location in the neighborhood,” said Brinskelle, who is also a teacher at Bellport High School.”People have missed this spot; I think it’s going to be a banner year.”
Top: Ryan Thorman (right) and Brian Brinskelle (left) at Tina’s in Patchogue.