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Austin ice cream institution joins bustling Manor Road restaurant row

Austin ice cream institution joins bustling Manor Road restaurant row

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Amy's is heading east for its first shop in five years. Amy's Ice Cream/ Facebook

Manor Road may be one of our favorite places to wine and dine, but it has been sorely lacking one thing: a place to get a delicious scoop of ice cream. Now, Austin institution Amy’s Ice Creams is taking care of that with their first location east of I-35.

According to a release, the new Amy’s location will be moving next door to Hoover’s Cooking at 2002 Manor Rd. sometime this fall. The bustling restaurant row also includes eateries and bars like Mi Madre’s, Salty Sow, Yuyo, Eastside Cafe, and School House Pub, making the strip an essential stop for date night.

Since the company was first started by Amy and Steve Simmons in 1984, Amy’s has grown to a mini-chain with 12 shops in Austin and one each in San Antonio in Houston. The Manor Road locale will be its first new location in five years.

Like the other stores, the new Amy’s will feature seven core flavors: Mexican vanilla, Belgian chocolate, just vanilla, dark chocolate, sweet cream, coffee, and white chocolate. The rest of the offerings are filled out with 350 specialty flavors, rotating daily all year.

The shop will also feature Amy’s eye-popping selection of toppings and “crush’ns,” including gummy bears, M&M's, pecan praline, hot fudge, ginger snaps, candy bars, and homemade whipped cream.

Amy’s namesake founder says she is delighted to be part of the vibrant East Austin scene. “Since our founding, Amy’s and Austin have grown up together in a lot of ways,” said Simmons. “We are excited to be opening our doors in such an entrepreneurial hotspot. This area of Austin provides a great sense of community and synergy between local businesses, and we are excited to be a part of that.”