Frosty offering near Central Islip
September 12, 2012 by Sarah
A ‘cool’ new shop, which opened this summer in the Motor Parkway Plaza, is sure to be a destination spot for treat-loving residents in and around Central Islip.
Tutti Frutti, an international frozen yogurt chain, attracted an enthusiastic crown to the Labor Day grand opening celebration of its first Long Island franchise operation.
The store features over 50 flavors of fresh frozen yogurt that can be mixed-and-matched with over 75 different toppings. The old stand-by options of vanilla and chocolate remain popular but a surprising entry, Taro, made from a mildly sweet root vegetable, is also a customer favorite.
Ray Lugo, co-owner of the business, notes that even lactose intolerant individuals can enjoy a treat at Tutti Frutti, since the brand offers an array of protein-rich, soy-based frozen yogurts, in addition to its dairy-based offerings. Lugo said:
“We actually manufacture our own yogurt, where other places get their yogurt from third-party distributors. We make ours fresh in the back.”
This newest addition to the frozen yogurt trend is not only a boon for local taste buds, it also signals new jobs and a potential source of new revenue for area services like the print company that does flyer printing and banner printing – both of which are low-cost marketing methods relied upon by the food and beverage industry.
Silvia Liscano, Lugo’s wife and co-owner, said:
“Motor Parkway Plaza in Hauppauge is a great location for our first Long Island shop. We are near the Long Island Expressway and on Motor Parkway. We benefit from also being next to the active Hauppauge Industrial Park.”
The couple plans to expand the franchise, opening numerous stores on Long Island, as well as in Manhattan, over the next several years.