A Minnesota favorite that'll bring back all the diner nostalgia is launching a food truck later this year.
Bridgeman's Restaurant in Duluth (the only Bridgeman's full-service restaurant left) announced on Facebook Thursday it is launching a Bridgeman's food truck in Duluth this summer.
It's unclear when exactly this summer the food truck will be hitting the streets. And Bridgeman's hasn't said what goodies it'll be serving, although it's probably safe to assume ice cream will be on the menu.
Bring Me The News has reached out to Bridgeman's Restaurant for more information about its new food truck.
If Bridgeman's sounds familiar, it should — the name has a long history in Minnesota and the Midwest.
Bridgeman's got its start in 1883, when Henry Bridgeman began a dairy business in Duluth, bringing milk from home to home on a cart, eventually becoming the largest dairy business in the Midwest, according to Bridgeman's Restaurant.
Then, in 1936, his sons Chester and Roy Bridgeman ventured out on their own, opening Bridgeman's Ice Cream Shoppe, and over the next 18 months they opened six more, Bridgeman's says.
The beloved brand grew, and opened ice cream parlors and full-service restaurants across Minnesota and the Midwest, peaking in the 1970s and 1980s.
According to the Business Journal, Bridgeman's survived bankruptcy in the mid-1980s and some up and down years in the 1990s before selling its 54 Midwest restaurants to Embers America, deciding to focus on ice cream.
which is the only full-service restaurant like those many remember from growing up left in existence, Bridgeman's says. It is an independently-owned Bridgeman's Ice Cream franchise, and according to FOX 21 it was the first Bridgeman's diner in the state, and now it's the last.
Except for, that is the Duluth Bridgeman's, which is the only full-service Bridgeman's restaurant in existence - like those many Minnesotans remember from growing, Bridgeman's says. It is an independently-owned Bridgeman's Ice Cream franchise, and according to FOX 21 it was also the first Bridgeman's diner in the state.
Meanwhile, Bridgeman's Ice Cream has resurged in the past 20 years, teaming up with markets, grocery stores and retail outlets in Minnesota and Wisconsin to sell their beloved ice cream. And in 2020 it opened a Bridgeman's ice cream parlor in Woodbury.