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Charlap's to open in former Reid's hot dog stand in Tonawanda

The corner of Woodward and Elmwood avenues in the Town of Tonawanda just hasn't been the same since Reid's hot dog stand closed last year.

Its loyal customers were dreading their first season in nearly 50 years without a stop at their favorite summertime hangout. No one was sure how long the stand would remain empty or what would become of it.

Now their summer plans will be a little sweeter with the news that another longtime Southtowns favorite, Nick Charlap's Ice Cream, has bought the stand and will make it one of its own.

The stand at 2800 Elmwood Ave. was run by Diane and Art Kirchberger for 48 years until Art, at age 81, decided to retire.

The family owned and operated Nick Charlap's Ice Cream has been in business for 57 years. It has four locations: in Boston, West Seneca, Hamburg and Angola. It also owns Sweets on the Hill, the former Antoinette's candy and ice cream shop at 1203 Union Road in West Seneca.

The new stand will be open by June 1, possibly earlier as renovations allow. The new owner is building two new decks, replacing the service windows and completing other upgrades. In addition to upgrades, Charlap's will serve food.

The Charlap family dairy business began in 1926 with a dairy in Black Rock, which eventually sold to another company. Charlap's son Henry bought a dairy in North Boston in 1961, which today serves as a production hub, churning out more than 40 flavors of ice cream.

The Reid's location in Lockport is a different entity and is not affected by the sale.

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