Nov 6, 2023

The Original Rainbow Cone Comes to My Florida Neighborhood

Now Open:

Bradenton, FL

The Original Rainbow Cone Comes to My Florida Neighborhood

Originating from the vibrant culture of Chicago since 1926, we’re excited to announce the opening of our very first location in Bradenton, FL. Discover the irresistible tastes of Chocolate, Strawberry, Palmer House, Pistachio, and Orange Sherbet that make up our iconic Rainbow Cone. Each layer is a testament to enduring quality. 

This unparalleled treat is perfect for every occasion. We eagerly await your visit in Bradenton. Come savor an enchanting journey through our colorful spectrum of flavors, and experience a touch of Chicago right here in the heart of Florida.


Th Original Rainbow Cone

Rainbow Cone founder Joseph Sapp grew up an orphan on an Ohio work farm. A rare luxury was ice cream he bought with the pennies he earned, but his only choices were vanilla or chocolate. Sapp wanted those flavors--and more.

He worked as a Buick mechanic to earn the money to start Original Rainbow in 1926 with his wife, Katherine. After many variations, they eventually settled on the winning flavor combo of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachio and orange sherbet.

The Sapps chose the location at 92nd and Western because it was on the way home from the cemeteries south of 95th Street that families visited on Sundays. He thought people would stop in for a treat on their way home, and he was right.

During World War II, Sapp brought in customers by setting up a short wave radio that broadcast music and war-related programming for people to hear while they ate their ice cream.

Joseph's granddaughter, Lynn, took over the business in 1986. She took Rainbow Cone beyond the South Side by participating in the world's largest food festival, the Taste of Chicago, for 30 years.

Rainbow Cone on about 92th & Western before the current buildings.

Original Rainbow Cone Named One of America's Best Ice Cream Shops 'Thrillist' revealed its top 21 ice cream shops in America, and Rainbow Cone is among them. Get ready to wait in line, folks

Nan Brennan MPHS Alum

Thanks to Chris Leo putting this on 

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