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Farrell's returns to Sacramento Thursday

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 - 9:48 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 - 6:38 pm

It's been 40 long years since the airplane accident at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour off Freeport Boulevard that left 22 dead.

But Farrell's is returning to Sacramento. The new location's grand opening is Thursday at 11 a.m. near the busy intersection of Watt Avenue and Arden Way.

This week, Farrell's fans have previewed the space - 8,700 square feet and able to seat 300 guests - at events benefiting the Firefighters Burn Institute, Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis Health System. Diners are slowly adding reviews and photos to Yelp.

The new Farrell's is the first in Northern California - with the exception of shops that previously closed - and will feature the classic American fare, ice cream concoctions, parties and old-time candy the chain is known for. Same decor and employees in pin-striped vests who can sing 22 birthday songs, too.

In 1963, the very first Farrell's opened, ultimately spawning over 130 locations nationwide. After changes in ownership, the business bankrupt in the '90s and closed its doors. Bought by an Orange County group in 2009, Farrell's is making a comeback - Sacramento will be its eighth location.

Check out the menu here.

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour: 1625 Watt Ave., Sacramento, CA Hours have yet to be finalized, but other locations are open daily from about 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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