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Rainbow Cone now open, grand opening set for Saturday

March 06, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko | RedEye

Tuesday's largest snow of the season might have kept some away, but die-hard Rainbow Cone fans didn't let the cold get in the way of the cone. 

Rainbow Cone General Manager Michelle Desnoyer said about 15 people had been in by Wednesday afternoon, the first day of buisness this season for the Beverly neighborhood mainstay. 

“They’re always happy we’re back open, it means spring is right around the corner," she said. "They wish we were open year-round. It's a little less busy (than most opening days) but we know it's just going to build from here on out. June, July and August will be crazy." 

The well-known cone is a stack of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (a mixture of vanilla, cherries and walnuts) and pistachio ice cream with orange sherbet on top. The combo has remained unchanged since 1926.

Next up for the shop will be a grand opening Saturday, with the first 100 customers receiving a free T-shirt.

“We’re just doing the same thing people in Beverly and around Chicago have always come to us for,” Desnoyer said, adding gift cards will also be raffled off opening day. Rainbow Cone is also planning to return to Taste of Chicago again, as well as make its third appearance at Lollapalooza.

Desnoyer estimates the shop will sell at least 500 cones Saturday, as well as about 150 quarts of the stacked ice cream in prepackaged containers. In a given year, Rainbow Cone serves about 100,000 cones out of its shop, and about 15,000 at the Taste of Chicago. 

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