Everyone's favorite giant ice cream cone has a new owner, who plans to keep it in the heart of downtown.
Twist O' the Mist and the Misty Dog Grill food stands, both local landmarks at Niagara Street and Rainbow Boulevard, have been purchased by Pammi Singh, owner of the Punjabi Dhaba Indian restaurant next door.
William Glasgow, the Grand Island businessman who opened the Twist O' the Mist more than 10 years ago, closed the operation last fall and said he planned to auction the two stands.
Glasgow had leased the land near the Rainbow Bridge for his business, and Singh said this week that he bought both the business and property several weeks ago. He declined to say how much he paid for either.
The well-maintained grounds have been popular with families and tourists, and the two stands offered everything from ice cream floats to deep-fried pickles.
Glasgow had to fight to get approval for his plans to build the unique structures because many officials considered the concept too tacky. Under the compromise that paved the way for construction, Glasgow could not include chocolate sprinkles on the structure but was allowed to put the cherry on top.
Pammi Singh's two sons, Sukheep and Mickey, will operate the business and said the menu largely will remain intact.
"We want to keep it how it was run before," Sukheep Singh said. "Maybe we'll add samosas."
He said he has a background in law enforcement and recently moved back to the area from Washington, D.C., to help with his parents' business. He said his family knows Glasgow and felt the business should continue in operation.
"I have a close family, and they needed some help," Sukheep Singh said. "And who really needs more vacant spaces here?"
When Pammi Singh recently told the city's Tourism Advisory Board he had purchased the business, City Administrator Bill Bradberry had one question: "What about the french fried sweet potatoes?"
"It will be there," Singh assured him.
"Honestly, I think it's going to be fun," Sukheep Singh said. "It's not going to be difficult compared [with] the Indian restaurant."