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March 25, 2014

Riverfront Ice Cream opens

CLINTON — Riverfront Ice Cream is open for business and owner Mike Hill is anxious for the dog days of summer to truly hit the ground running.

The newly established Clinton eatery, located at 201 Fifth Ave. South, is an expansion of Hill’s first business venture, a mobile food truck, and offers an opportunity to widen his customer base and menu options.

“I’ve had the food truck for about three years and it’s been kind of slow going so I thought we’d set up a home base and give that a try,” Hill said.

Since opening the corner cafe around March 17, Hill hasn’t seen the reception he hoped for but his business partner and long-time girlfriend, Debbie Benson, expects as the weather transitions to spring they will see more and more people enjoying their specialties.

With their ideal downtown location and large picture windows offering a glimpse into the open atmosphere of the shop, Benson predicts it will become a favorite stop for downtown shoppers.

“We’ve had quite a few people who were walking by stop and check us out,” Benson said. “But, once it gets nice out and there’s more people downtown I’m sure it’s going to get busier.”

If Riverfront Ice Cream’s laid-back, deli style atmosphere doesn’t draw in a crowd, their massive portion sizes will.

Their specialty super nachos come in weighing nearly two pounds, packed with loose meat, piled on top of tortilla chips and an array of toppings. But, Hill doesn’t stop there.

He has also created a $5 meal deal for nearly every thing on his menu (excluding the super nachos) to fill up even the hungriest of eaters.

“I just got to thinking, there really isn’t anywhere in town where you can get a meal like this for $5 or less,” Hill said. “Even if you go to McDonald’s most of the time, you’re paying about $5 for just a sandwich. Here it’s all about offering a quality meal at a low price.”

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