When I first heard there was a rock n’ roll ice cream shop that hosted live bands, I immediately thought, “I want to go to there”. Never mind that its Tustin location was some 44 miles from my home in Burbank, which could cost you up to 2 hours in So-Cal traffic, it was worth the trip!
And Archie’s did not disappoint. Not only did it serve delectable ice cream, it was decorated floor to ceiling (literally) with autographed pictures of the coolest rock stars ever! My family band went there every year for three consecutive years in a row to play and we brought my son’s and daughter’s band out there as well.
I’m so glad we all had the pleasure of performing on what I will always consider to be hallowed grounds.
It was always fun playing Archie’s. More than the cool atmosphere and great ice cream, it was imbibed with the spirit of its owner Shant Keuilian, a genuinely nice guy who loved to support local bands and innately understood the meaning of rock n’ roll.
Today, I heard the sad news that Archie’s will be closing its doors for the last time on Sept. 28. As another rock n roll institution bites the dust, I feel it necessary to give it the respect it deserves although a mere blog does not seem like enough.
Shant continues to keep the spirit of rock alive by visiting live events in the Archie’s Rock n’ Roll Ice Cream Truck, so if you see him out there, be sure to tell him The CheeseBergens say hello.
In the meantime, please enjoy this brief documentary created by Ryan Jachetta Films, that can truly tell you what rock n roll is all about.
28 thoughts on “Archie’s Ice Cream Closes Its Doors”
“I feel your pain”…Bill Clinton
Nice to know America is on my side.
Seems like such a cool place. Shame to see it close.
Yes, for sure. Thank you Craig!
Would have been cool to visit it in person.
I’m certain you would have loved it! Thank you Syl!
Definitely! You’re welcome, Marissa!
I’m Crushed! Let me drown my sorrows in some cherry chip! We love you Shant!
Truly memories to cherish. Sad that the place is closing down, Marissa.
Thank you Nimi!
This was really nice of you, thank you SO MUCH Marissa! Thank you all! I will miss you guys rocking Archie’s, I will miss it all! Thank you Thank you
You’re welcome! Hope everything I wrote was okay, ha, ha! Felt like it was the least I could do.
This makes me sad. The creativity of it and personality of it. 😦 Thank you for telling us about Archie’s.
Your welcome Colleen…and thank you for your kind words.
You’re welcome Marissa.
Nothing good ever lasts… glad you guys got to play at Archie’s for a few years, and that he’s still around, albeit on wheels. 🙂
That ice cream shop is a fantastic and unique shop idea. What a combination. I understand how much your regret Archie’s closing its doors, Marissa.
I do for sure, Erika! Today is the last day…sorry it took me so long to get back!
No worries, Marissa! You have my complete understanding. Having a hard time to keep up with everyting…
Here’s to Archie! And the Cheesebergens, of course, Marissa. Long live rock.
Thank you Mark! Thinking of you as well!
What a shame it closed it’s doors. I can tell it was a true “One-Off” and wonderful place 🙂
That is was, Peter!
That’s too bad that it’s closing. Perhaps you can organize a protest to make them stay. Or inspire someone else to open another similar business. My son used to perform in a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop that hosted new singers and rappers on Thursday nights only. ❤
Yep, that was my immediate reaction but it was the owner’s decision to close and he’s a friend so I have to respect that. Thanks for your input. These hole in the wall places can be really great for young musicians.
Hi Marissa, I am slowly returning to blogging & on viewing my last few posts, I saw your name. You were one of the first to ‘like’ my posts and I must thank you for your support over the years. Hope you’re okay as I’ve noted you haven’t posted after this one.
Take care and my best to you Marissa. 🌹
aw, not Archie’s!
(love that shop’s name!)