Grand opening for ice cream palour

Cathy and Aldo Gallone outside the new Gallones ice cream parlour in Harborough
Cathy and Aldo Gallone outside the new Gallones ice cream parlour in Harborough

An ice cream parlour has created a special corset-themed sundae to celebrate its grand opening in Harborough on Saturday.

The family-run Gallone’s ice cream firm is opening its first premises in Leicestershire at the refurbished Symington Building in Adam and Eve Street, Harborough, on Saturday, July 12.

Owners Cathy and Aldo Gallone will be unveiling the Corset Buster sundae designed in honour of Harborough’s history as a centre of corset manufacture in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Mr Gallone said: “As we are situated in the very building where Symington’s employed over 1,600 people to make corsets, it seemed fitting to invent our very own sundae to reflect the town’s heritage and industry.”

The Corset Buster includes chocolate chip, chocolate fudge brownie, Malteser and salted caramel ice creams, topped with whipped cream, mint Aero bubbles, Maltesers, chocolate buttons and chocolate sauce.

The new parlour will also stock 32 of Gallone’s own home-made flavours which are made at the company’s Northampton factory, as well as a range of ice cream confections, including the Smurf Sundae and the Ice Cream Sandwich.

Gallone’s will also serve hot and cold drinks and cakes.

The Harborough site is the second Gallone’s parlour, following on from the success of its Kingsthorpe parlour which opened in 2013.

Mr Gallone said: “We are delighted to be opening our second branch in Harborough.The fantastic refurbishment of the Symington Building and the great location makes it the perfect site.”

The building is the HQ of Harborough District Council which opened up part of the groundfloor to retail use as part of the refurbishment.

A Simply Fresh convenience store and an I Am Coffee espresso and wine bar are the other two firms set to open at the site.

Gallone’s will seat about 50 people and will be open seven days a week from 9.30am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday and until 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

It will open from 10.30am to 6pm on Sundays.

The company has taken on 15 part and full-time staff in preparation for the launch.

Gallone’s traditional Italian ice cream is also sold across the UK and its roots date back to 1895.

For more details, search for ‘GallonesHarborough’ on Facebook.