If you remember there used to be a Jahn’s on Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue U now Chinar.
Jahn’s ice cream shops once covered the NYC metropolitan area with a heady combination of lactose and sucrose. The first Jahn’s was opened way back in 1897 in Mott Haven, Bronx by John Jahn. His three children, Elsie, Frank and Howard, opened Jahn’s in Jamaica, Richmond Hill, and Flushing respectively.
Jahn’s is most celebrated for its Kitchen Sink sundae, which was large enough to serve six. There were also the Boilermaker, the Awful Awful, the Suicide Frappe, Screwball’s Delight, the Joe Sent Me,, and the Flaming Desire, five scoops of ice cream topped by a flaming sugar cube.
The Jahn’s at Richmond Hill, on Hillside Avenue just north of Myrtle closed this Thanksgiving weekend . It joins other former Jahn’s branches at Mott Haven, Jamaica, Flushing, Marine Park, Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay, Fordham, Forest Hills, Great Neck, Rockville Centre, Eastchester, East Meadow, West Islip, Union Twp. and Fair Lawn, NJ, and Coral Gables and Sunny Isle, FL.
Tthe owner who said that after 18 years, they just couldn’t make it here anymore. The antique fixtures were purchased in bulk by someone who is restoring a period ice cream shop somewhere in the mid-west.
One Jahn’s location remains: 81-04 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, Queens.