Deep Gap Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop opens for the season

By Sherrie Norris (

Article Published: May. 24, 2012 | Modified: May. 24, 2012
Deep Gap Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop opens for the season

From left, customer Ann Misher gets service with a smile from Lou Ann and Bruce Church, who have reopened Deep Gamp Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop for the season.
Photos by Lindsey Hamby

Folks in Deep Gap are relieved to see the “open” sign at Deep Gap Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop once again after a yearlong reprieve in 2011.

With the arrival of a new grandchild and economic woes leaving Bruce and Lou Ann Church uncertain what to do last year, the couple responded to the pleas of their friends and neighbors to heat up the grill for another quick-stop option for their summer treats.

“This will be our sixth year in business,” Lou Ann, said as she began scooping out the ice cream last week to eager customers waiting for their favorite dip.

No strangers to the food business, Lou Ann spent 12 years in culinary service at Appalachian State University; Bruce is known for his barbecue chicken and pork “on the big grill,” as, for many years, he has prepared his specialty meats for nonprofit fundraisers and others events in and around the community.

The menu includes regular hot dogs and foot-longs, burgers with or without cheese, BLTs, grilled chicken, chicken nuggets and chicken salad, French fries, nachos, potato chips and all the fixings, with lemonade, iced tea and soft drinks rounding out the meal.

Several flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, served in cones, cups or transformed into banana splits, sundaes, milkshakes and floats, add the finishing touch.

Located just off of U.S. 421 South near the intersection of U.S. 221, the sandwich shop is next door to Jim’s Produce with plenty of parking and good eats waiting at the window.

Hours for the seasonal business are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, and may be extended later in the summer, depending on customer requests.

Plan now to stop in and see what’s going on –– where friends and family meet for a hot or cool treat.
For more information or carryout orders, call (828) 264-6773.

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