The Scoop on Ted Drewes

Ted Drewes, located in St. Louis, Missouri, is a historic and beloved frozen custard stand that has been serving the community for over nine decades.

Ted Drewes Sr. was a tennis champion, winning the Muny Tennis Championship every year from 1925-1936. Ted Drewes Sr. would travel to Florida every winter with his family to continue playing tennis year round. Ted Drewes Sr. decided to open up a frozen custard stand in Florida in 1929. This became very successful, so he decided to open a St. Louis location when he traveled back home later that year. The first St. Louis shop was opened in 1930 on Natural Bridge Avenue.

In 1931, a second location was opened on South Grand Blvd. Ten years later, Ted Sr. expanded the business by opening a third location on Chippewa Street, both of which are still operational today (the Natural Bridge Avenue location having closed in 1958). This newer stand gained attention as it was located on the famous Route 66, attracting a steady flow of travelers. The Route 66 association brought significant visibility and added to Ted Drewes' reputation.

Ted Sr.'s son, Ted Drewes Jr., joined the business and worked alongside his father to carry on the tradition. Their commitment to using high-quality ingredients and providing excellent customer service contributed to the establishment's continued success. Ted Drewes became an iconic destination for locals, as well as a must-visit spot for tourists.

One of Ted Drewes' most famous creations is the "Concrete," a thick, frozen custard treat blended with various toppings and mix-ins. The Concrete became a signature item on the menu and a favorite among customers. Ted Drewes' has plenty of other delicious menu options as well ranging from malts and sundaes to ice cream sodas. 

Throughout its history, Ted Drewes has been deeply involved in the St. Louis community. The Drewes family has actively supported local initiatives, sponsored events, and participated in charitable endeavors. This dedication to the community has solidified Ted Drewes' status as a beloved St. Louis institution.

Today, Ted Drewes remains a family-owned and operated business. The fourth generation of the Drewes family continues to run the stands, preserving the tradition and ensuring the same high standards that have made Ted Drewes a St. Louis icon.

Ted Drewes' longevity and enduring popularity can be attributed to its commitment to quality, a delicious menu, and its special place in the hearts of generations of St. Louis residents and visitors. It continues to be a go-to destination for those seeking a fun and memorable St. Louis experience. 

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