In the 1950’s, just outside Pittsburg, PA, the small town of Bridgewater had a diner called Jerry’s Curb Service where Bruce Reed worked. He probably wasn’t given a choice considering his parents owned it. It was through those childhood memories and learning the ways of the restaurant industry by his dad that inspired his restaurant, chain and ice cream that so many of us love. Bruce didn’t stray far from his roots when he decided to open his first restaurant as the first location was next door to Jerry’s. His very first restaurant was a franchise under Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt. Over a year later he would take everything he learned and go out on his own creating the first Bruster’s Ice Cream.
General Restaurant Information
Food type: Desserts & More
Restaurant type: Fast Food
U.S. locations: 190
States: 17 states, Bruster’s Locations
Slogan: A Scoop Above The Rest
Questions: Bruster’s Contact Information
Phone number: 724-774-4250
Email: Contact Form Only
FAQ Page: Bruster’s Ice Cream Frequently Asked Questions
Who Owns Bruster’s? Bruster’s Ice Cream
Headquartered: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Email/contact page: Contact Form Only
Address:730 Mulberry Street, Bridgewater, Pennsylvania 15009
Do They Franchise? Bruster’s Ice Cream Franchise Information
What Is It Like To Work At Bruster’s Ice Cream?
3.9/5 or 78%; 111 Reviews (indeed.com)
3.4/5 or 68%; 141 Reviews (glassdoor.com)
What to expect when working at Bruster’s (job-applications.com)
The History of Bruster’s
Original Location: 1525 W Riverside Dr, Bridgewater, Pennsylvania
Founded: July 13, 1989
Founded by: Bruce Reed
Founder Obituary: Still Living
Name Origin: Named after the owner, Bruce Reed
History Page: Bruster’s History
Current View of Original Location: 1525 W Riverside Dr as it is today (link may not work on mobile devices without Google Maps)
History of Bruster’s Ice Cream (fastfoodmenuprices.com)
History of Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Inc (refrenceforbusiness.com)
Charity Focus: Support community fundraisers
Green | Eco-Friendly: No resources found
Animal Cruelty: No resources found
Discounts At Bruster’s
Rewards Program: Bruster’s Reward Program
Do Kids Eat Free at Bruster’s?
What day do kids eat free? Daily
Summary: Children 40″ or shorter receive a free small cone with no purchase necessary (brusters.com)
Does Bruster’s Offer Military Discounts?
Summary: Although no resources were found in discounts for food, multiple sources that state veteran’s wishing to purchase a franchise receive a discount of 50% off the franchise fee. (brusters.com)
What About My Birthday at Bruster’s?
Summary: When you sign up for their email listing you get a coupon for a buy one get one free waffle cone. (favoritecandle.com)
Does Bruster’s Offer First Responder Discounts?
Summary: No Resources Found
Does Bruster’s Offer Senior Citizen | AARP Discounts?
Summary: Bruster’s gives out “Kid At Heart” cards for customers 60 and older which gives them $.25 off future ice cream purchases. (brusters.com)
Are There Any Other Discounts or Benefits at Bruster’s?
Summary: Bruster’s does a great job at offering promotional benefits including the ones already mentioned, but in addition to those, they offer Banana Thursday, Quart Club, Doggie Sundaes and of course PJ Day! All those can be found on their promotions page.
If you are a fan, you know that they rotate their flavors much like Culver’s rotates their custard. If you have a favorite flavor or two, you can use their favorite flavor sign-up to be notified (by email or text) when your favorite is back on the menu!
Order Online: No
WiFi Available: Yes
Use Apple Pay: No
Catering: Bruster’s Catering
Open 24 Hours: No
Customer Reviews of Bruster’s
Yelp: 4.3/5 or 86%, 721 reviews sampled
Tripadvisor: 4.2/5 or 85%, 187 reviews sampled
Overall Average: 4.29/5 or 86%, 908 reviews sampled
Summary: Very positive reviews across the board. In 2015 they were voted #1 in the Ice Cream category by Nation’s Restaurant News. You can read here how the study was done as well as who the only chain that beat them out of an overall #1. In addition to that, you can read how the company was named a Top-10 Consumer Pick in a National Study
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Food & Nutrition
Menu: Bruster’s Menu
Kids Menu: No
Secret Menu: No resources found
Most Popular Menu Item: No resources found
Coke or Pepsi Products: Coke
Serve Alcohol: No
Nutritional Information: Bruster’s Nutritional Menu
Vegetarian | Vegan Options: You would think vegetarian but probably not vegan. No outside resources found but please check their nutritional information, unfortunately, they do not offer an allergen menu.
Farm to Table | Organic Options | Clean | Non-GMO: No information found
Miscellaneous Nutrition Information & Resources:
They state on their site the following as it pertains to their food – “Bruster’s owns its own dairy and controls the entire production process from “cow to cone,” with dairy products never frozen. Only premium mix-ins and brand-name candies are used.”
There isn’t a lot of external information as it relates to the chain. You also won’t find any above the norm menu items such as farm to table, non-GMO, vegan, etc.
The company is transparent in reporting the nutrition and ingredients they do use. I just wish they had an allergen menu like so many restaurants. Their FAQ page is a really good resource in addition to their nutritional information. It also contains portion sizes as well.
Bruster’s Allergen Information: You may or may not find what you need on the nutritional information page but they do not offer an allergen menu.
Gluten Free Options: Their FAQ page states “We do not consider our ice cream gluten free…” and goes on to explain why.
Dairy Free Options: No resources found, but the following may be helpful to you.
Restaurant Guide For Dairy-Free Dining (godairyfree.org)
Peanut Free Options:
Their FAQ page states the following –
We make all of our products fresh in our stores each and every day. We have two ice cream machines in which we make all of the products. The machines are sterilized before we start and rinsed between batches. No peanuts are put through the machine. If peanut butter is used, the machines are rinsed and sanitized. Please note, there are A LOT of peanuts in our stores. We can not give a 100% guarantee that there will be no cross-contamination. Please make sure your scooper is aware of any allergy.
Food Allergy Guides For Many Chain Restaurants (verywellhealth.com)
Ways to Eliminate Risks of Peanut Allergy When Dining Out (healthguidance.org)
Does Bruster’s Ice Cream Have Any Secret Recipes?
Strawberry Shortcake (genuiskitchen.com), (thedailymeal.com)
How to make ice cream from scratch (goldcoasticecream.com)
Key Lime Pie Ice Cream (allrestaurantrecipes.com)
Bruster’s Graham Cracker Chocolate Chunk (cupcakesandkalechips.com)
Homemade Ice Cream Recipe (barefeetinthekitchen.com)
Did You Know?
The company owns its own dairy and controls the entire production process from cow to cone. (source)
They use the “old-fashioned way” in making their ice cream by using slow kettle processing. (source)
Bruster’s Ice Cream also owns Nathan’s Hot Dogs who is the leading hot dog retailer in the U.S. (source)
They have over 200 flavors and allows you to sign up for email or text alerts when your favorite is being offered. (source)
Media Information: The Cold, Hard… Sweet Facts!
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Introduces Cookie Butter Favor
Multiple Locations Coming to Vegas
Bruster's Ice Cream & Related Items on Amazon
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Followers (as of August 2018) –
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Food Type: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
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There are few summer nights that we don’t drive by our local Bruster’s Ice Cream that there isn’t a long line, sometimes even 10-11 at night. For the part of me, that’s concerned about the health and obesity rate in America; I know these long lines aren’t helping that. At the same time, you will find our family there many times through the warmer months of the year. Balance and discipline in how we’re eating overall allow you to splurge sometimes. For Bruster’s, you will need to be splurging on your diet and your wallet (it can be a little expensive). They do offer a lot of ways for you or your family to save which helps. In my personal opinion, their ice cream is hard to beat in taste and is my choice in our town of all the different ice cream parlors.
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