Jerk's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream

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The Best Little Darn Ice Cream Shop

Because of our large assortment of syrups and the ability to custom mix drinks, your choices of sodas, floats, shakes and malts are endless. So whether you desire a simple cola or want to try an orange pineapple float, or chocolate cherry shake, we can customize  your drink for you. With over 30 flavors of syrup & Combinations - you won’t be disappointed. We have New York City specialties, recipes from the 40’s, 50’s and concoctions for today. With our ice cream selections and topping choices, we can also custom create a sundae just for you.

 

The term 'soda jerk' was a pun on 'soda clerk', the formal job title of the drugstore assistants who operated soda fountains, and was inspired by the "jerking" action the server would use to swing the soda fountain handle back and forth when adding the soda water.  The soda Jerk was similar to a bartender serving up shakes, floats, malts, sodas, rickeys and Sundaes.  During the hard times of the depression era, the soda fountain was a place people would go to enjoy their favorite soda or ice cream.  Soda shops made their debut as early as the late 1800's and reached their heyday during the 40's & 50's most time operating within a drug store. By the late 1960's they had all but vanished.  Some cities recreated this concept and new soda fountains opened around 2008.  Jerk's is proud to be Buffalo's recreation of this American Tradition.  

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