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Welcome Back, Old School Frozen Custard

The Capitol Hill shop has new owners and a new lease on life

Former owners of Old School Frozen Custard pass the torch to the new proprietors, Meg (far right) and CJ Chaney (second from right).
Former owners of Old School Frozen Custard pass the torch to the new proprietors, Meg (far right) and CJ Chaney (second from right).
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Summer is coming, Seattle, and like a reverse Game of Thrones, the city will need all the help it can get from frozen treat purveyors to withstand long, sunny days. Thankfully, Old School Frozen Custard has risen from the dead to bolster Capitol Hill's forces once again.

The small chain, which had previously closed its Bonney Lake and Fremont locations, shuttered its final outpost in April, and seemed to be gone for good after a failed bid for new ownership. In the 11th hour, though, longtime customers Meg Chaney and her husband, CJ, stepped in to revive the business.

Meg tells Eater former co-owner Rick Drouet was "ready to retire" but she and her husband are "very passionate about the product and we didn't want it to go away." The couple even served the frozen custard at their wedding; more recently, Meg got to know Drouet and his enterprise better through her role as owner of Meg's Retro Cookies, selling him cookies for his ice cream sandwiches.

Quick to reassure any skeptics, Meg insists that they're working closely with Drouet to ensure the core of the company will remain untouched. "The menu's not changing, the recipes aren't changing. We're not planning on changing anything," she says, though of course with a baking business at their disposal, they are "hoping to go into more baked tasty treats for the winter."

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[Photo: Meg's Retro Cookies/FB]

Outside of their day jobs (CJ runs a proximity-based tech company called Smartwhere, while Meg works in video games), look for one or the other of the new owners in the shop most of the time as they settle into their new roles. "I can't tell you how welcoming Capitol Hill has been," Meg says. "I think that's my favorite part so far."

That and the frozen custard, naturally. "I eat a lot of dessert, and you can compare any other vanilla on the planet to Old School's, and it's like an entirely different animal," she says. "It's perfect." And it's returned to get you through the hot days ahead.

1316 E Pike St, (206) 324-2586, Facebook. Open Sunday to Thursday 1 to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday 1 to 11 p.m.