Historic Dave's Popcorn and Ice Cream in south Minneapolis is up for sale again

The south Minneapolis landmark is up for sale again.
Publish date:

Wanted: New owners to carry on a Minneapolis tradition dating back more than 60 years.

For the second time in three years, Dave's Popcorn and Ice Cream in south Minneapolis is up for sale.

The landmark on East 38th Street was bought by current owners, Pastor Andy Gray and his family, in 2015 for around $95,000.

But now the Grays are looking to move on to pastures new, confirming that the business is up for sale in an announcement on its Facebook page.

"Yes, it was a hard decision," Gray wrote in reply to a commenter. "Our kids are delving into other areas of interest and we don't have the time to develop it more. We've done a lot to have a greater presence and establish the business, but someone with more time than we have could really make it grow."

Today's Top Stories

– Kwik Trip gas station bathrooms are the best in Minnesota, survey finds.

– Tree trimmer killed in freak accident in Richfield.

– Sign up for our daily newsletters.

The popcorn, carmelcorn and ice cream seller is one of the last remaining traditional drive-ins in the Twin Cities, originally opening back in 1957.

Customers now tend to just walk up to the window to pick up their sweet treats, though you can still drive up if you want.

At this stage, the Grays aren't sure whether they'll open for the summer season, saying they'll see what happens.

CityPages reports the Grays are looking for $159,000 for the business and property, or just $59,000 for just the business if the new owner is willing to lease the premises.

Anyone interested can contact Dave's through its Facebook page.

Next Up


Man dies after being shot outside home near Grove City

He was found outside a home in Acton Township.

Screen Shot 2021-02-27 at 9.39.00 AM

Teen wounded in 'accidental shooting' in Moorhead

The 18-year-old was shot in the abdomen.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Watch: Another absurd night for Kaprizov as his legend grows

Kaprizov scored a crazy wrap-around goal in the Wild's victory over the Kings.


DoorDash, Uber Eats bump service fees for Twin Cities customers

After Minneapolis and St. Paul limited what companies can charge restaurants, DoorDash and Uber are charging customers about a dollar more

hockey rink ice arena

Hill-Murray girls' hockey shut down after 3 players with COVID symptoms kept playing

The players showed 'complete disregard' for the school's COVID

Screen Shot 2019-02-12 at 6.18.55 AM

Narrow band of intense snow to bring up to 7 inches to Minnesota

A winter storm watch has been issued where more than 6 inches could pile up.

Icicles; frozen; winter

As Minnesotans brace for huge gas bills, state ups assistance to $1200

Texas wasn't the only state impacted by February's arctic blast.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

3 first-period goals lead Wild over Kings

With three goals in just over three minutes, the Wild sealed their fifth straight victory.


Milkjam Creamery to take over historic Minneapolis popcorn stand

Dave's Popcorn stand was put on the market earlier this year.

Grand Cafe named one of best restaurants in U.S.

Another prestigious honor for the south Minneapolis restaurant, this one from Food & Wine.


Restaurant to open in historic Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

The Northeast Minneapolis landmark is expanding to include a brasserie and bar.

Better try out this wine bar now, it's closing on Saturday

It's been a bad news day for Minneapolis drinkers.

Another blow for St. Paul dining as Ward 6 announces closure

The popular restaurant has been credited with rejuvenating Payne Avenue.