A popular family drive-up ice cream shop, Hoffman’s Ice Cream, at 306 S. First St., recently reopened for business.
A newly painted sign on the glass window of the familiar brick building reads: “Hoffman’s Drive-In Opened in 1963.”
Clay Hoffman, son of company founders Gene and Joann Hoffman, and his wife Susie, will operate the business.
The shop is currently open on weekends only and is run by the owners, but will be open full time when the school year ends and high school-age workers and one teacher will man the drive-in.
“Susie will be working there every day it is open,” Joann Hoffman said. “She is really a trooper.”
Gene and Joann Hoffman constructed the 20-by-34-foot building in 1963 and operated the drive-in until 12 years ago when they leased the building to Dan Scoles, who operated an ice cream shop there.
Under the Hoffman family, the business has been known as Hoffman’s Drive-In and Gene’s Corner at various times. Hoffman also sold plants from the lot, a practice that he intends to do again.
The building became empty last year when Scoles bought the building next door and moved his business there.
The interior has been repainted a crisp white and stainless steel ice cream freezers and soft-serve dispensers installed. A deep fryer sits waiting to be installed along with a new grill and hood.
Now, the elder Hoffmans have deeded the drive-in building to their five children — Clay, Phina, Steve, Tony and Amelia Hoffman Timms. Clay plans to operate the drive-in.
Timms recently parked her green “The Graze” food truck on the lot. For the past several years, she has been using the truck where she resided in Tennessee at weddings and other public events.
The drive-in will serve hamburgers, Hoffman’s traditional chuck wagon sandwiches, french fries and soft-serve ice cream.
“All of the ice cream will be bought right here in Pacific from Pacific Valley Dairy in the Midwest Industrial Park,” Hoffman said. “There’s nothing like it. It has a unique taste.”