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King Kone Survives the Blackout

SOMERS, N.Y. - Deb and Brian Hopkins, owners of Route 100‘s King Kone, did not open their 1950‘s era food and ice cream stand on Sunday. They had no power, and there were probably no customers anyway. They do have a generator, however, so they were ready to start serving on Monday, once the storm had passed.

“We could make hamburgers and hotdogs and drinks, but we couldn’t run everything,” Deb Hopkins explained. “We had no running water, so we couldn’t make milkshakes because we couldn’t keep washing the equipment.

“And we only had hard ice cream. Of course, we’re known for our soft-serve ice cream so people were a little disappointed and we lost a little business. But we had 18 flavors of hard ice cream, so most people made do.”

Kay and John Golia of Heritage Hills were there on Friday when things were back to normal. It was only their second visit to King Kone, although they have been living in Somers for 11 years.

“My husband just got out of the hospital,” said Mrs. Golia, “and he’s been asking for ice cream.” He was enjoying a cup of butter pecan, “his favorite,” while his wife treated herself to a “non-fat no-sugar butterscotch scroll ice cream cone.” All of the ice cream in their freezer had melted during the power outage.

King Kone’s power was restored on Monday night. “We’re lucky to have it back,” said Deb Hopkins. “Muscoot still doesn’t have theirs. We bit the bullet on Tuesday morning,” she added. “We went out and bought a bigger generator.”

So if and when another storm comes along, people may lose their lights, their water, their telephones and their Internet service, but they will probably be able to comfort themselves with soft-serve ice cream.

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