Rome ice cream stand makes last licks official with announcement


ROME — After serving up ice-cream and treats for 14 seasons, Papa Rick’s Snack Shack, 2005 N. Madison St., has scooped its last cone.

Owner Rick Tharrett and the Tharrett family announced the official closing of the ice cream stand via social media on the shop’s Facebook page over the weekend.

“It is with a heavy heart, but also a tinge of excitement, that the Tharrett family is officially announcing our retirement after 14 wonderful seasons at Papa Rick’s Snack Shack,” said the social media post.

“We would like to sincerely thank all of our customers for all your love and support over the years. It has been an honor serving our community. The friendships and memories made will last a lifetime,” the post added.

Last year the future of the ice cream and food stand came into question when “for sale” signs at the property went up on the corner of North James Street, off Black River Boulevard.

Tharrett explained at the time that he rented the property from the owner.

Back in July of 2020 Susie Tharrett, co-owner of Papa Rick’s, was escorted home by motorcade and greeted by adorning employees and patrons following an 11-week stay in the hospital due to COVID-19 and complications caused by the virus.

“Friends” on social media expressed sadness to see the business go, but hoped the Tharretts a happy and healthy retirement.

“Our loss for sure, but wishing you all the best on your new adventure,” said Margaret Kozak.

And Eric Hicks said he would miss making a stop for ice cream, a tradition for his family.

“Sad to see ya go, great business all around. I’ll sure miss it, and so will my parents and family. Congratulations on your retirement,” he said.


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  • reccosr69

    So sad to see them go but wishing them a well deserved and happy retirement,they gave back to the community in so many ways especially with there free music concerts and there special events.Rome wont be the same.

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