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Bonnie Doon out of business

Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:15:22 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 14 2013 06:33:44 PM CDT
Bonnie Doon

Bonnie Doon (WSBT photo // Demarco Brown)

A popular brand of local ice cream is going out of business.

The owner of the Lincoln Way's Bonnie Doon restaurant tells WSBT the warehouse and the downtown Mishawaka restaurant are closed.

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Adam Carroll says the owners closed the warehouse last Friday, letting almost everyone go except a few people to help ship out the last of the inventory.

Carroll says the brand and warehouse are now for sale.

He says he will keep his restaurant on Lincoln Way in Mishawaka open, but it will close for the winter at the end of November.

History of Bonnie Doon ice cream on company's website:

My "daddy" has been making the best ice cream since 1938. In fact, over 50 years later, my ice cream was voted the #1 ice cream in the Best of Michiana contest.

Not only is the ice cream named after me, but also my 50's style diner/carhop restaurants that were located in South Bend and Mishawaka. My "daddy" is really the Muldoon brothers - they were true ice cream experts and founders of Bonnie Doon. My name was the winning entry in a contest to name the ice cream and restaurant. The grand prize was $50, which was a lot of money back then!

We had the area's first drive-in and carhop service. With my roller skates on, I would deliver Bonnie Burgers, Crinkle-cut Fries, and Choco-Mint Sodas to the cruisers. There's a real mystique about Bonnie Doon - probably because I'm still the same after 50-odd years. The prices may have changed - at one time sundaes cost $.10 and quarts of "brick" ice cream sold for $.30 - but the quality and fun atmosphere haven't!

You might have heard about our "red star receipt." If you found a red star on your receipt, we gave you a free pint of ice cream! Many local customers still talk about our "red star" and some have kept as a souvenir or keepsake - in 1991 we had a receipt turned in from 1954!

In 1990, John Cohoat and Sam Dugan took over responsibility for keeping Bonnie Doon ice cream available to families throughout the area. In fact, you can now buy my ice cream at many grocery stores. Located in Elkhart, Indiana we continue to work with local farmers using the same quality premium ingredients manufacturing the same great premium ice cream since 1938.