Saugatuck To Be So Sweet

Remember that “Remember When?” teaser sign that “06880” wondered about last Sunday?

Readers speculated it involved a new ice cream parlor, coming to Saugatuck Center.

Now it’s official. Al DiGuido and Pete Romano — an entrepreneur/civic “angel” and landscape architect/Saugatuck native, respectively — will open “Saugatuck Sweets” in January.

The location is the former Saugatuck Craft Butchery on Riverside Avenue. In just one year, it outgrew its building and moved across the street.

Saugatuck Sweets will sell high quality desserts, ice cream, yogurt, bulk candy and the like. It’s one more addition to an area quickly earning props for its restaurants, non-chain stores (including the butcher shop, a gourmet market and kayak rental place), walkability and fun.

The interior of the former Saugatuck Craft Butchery -- shown here -- is easily adapted to Saugatuck Sweets. Chicken, lamb and sausages will be replaced by ice cream, candy and seasonal gift items.

The interior of the former Saugatuck Craft Butchery — shown here — is easily adapted to Saugatuck Sweets. Chicken, lamb and sausages will be replaced by ice cream, candy and seasonal gift items.

Sweets’ location is perfect. Not many people will chill with ice cream on the outdoor plaza this winter. But inside it will be jammed. By spring, Saugatuck Sweets — along with the Whelk next door — will be one more reason that Saugatuck Center is a hot destination.

DiGuido (who founded the Al’s Angels children’s charity) and Romano (whose longtime civic involvement includes the PAL and Festival Italiano) have spent decades doing good things for kids, families, Saugatuck and our entire town.

Their newest venture promises to be especially sweet.

8 responses to “Saugatuck To Be So Sweet

  1. Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

    Oh Yeah Baby!!!!
    All it needs to be complete are a commuter coffee bar that never oversleeps and a “head shop” in the basement so vacuous teenagers with more money than common sense can figure out what’s the latest thing to wear from Carnaby Street.

  2. I’d read that they are going to have old-fashioned egg creams on the menu. Very exciting if true. (Although, for those of us who are now lactose intolerant, I hope they’ll have a lactose-free milk or soy milk menu choice for that.) Best of luck and look forward to the opening.

  3. An egg cream with soy milk? Sacrilege!

  4. Sven, I spent the first part of my childhood in Queens. I learned a long time ago that the real sacrilege is when someone makes an egg cream with something other than Fox’s U Bet chocolate syrup!

    • Bobbie Herman

      And they don’t contain either eggs or cream. Just chocolate syrup, a tiny bit of milk and club soda (or seltzer, if you prefer.)

  5. Terry Anzalone

    Good luck to Al and Peter!
    We are happy that you are a part of the “New Saugatuck”.

  6. gerald F. Romano, Jr.

    Peter & Al,
    Good luck on your new adventure. Maybe you can add a counter with a soda fountain like we use to have on Post Road East “The Ice cream Polar”
    And don’t forget to have candy & ice cream for us diabetics.
    Best,
    Gerald F. Romano, Jr.

  7. Megan Acquino Slingo

    Best news ever….as a former Carvel employee….I never caught on to the yogurt craze…give me the real deal any day…and if the throw in REAL hazelnut gelato…even better!!!!