Bob-Jo’s, a Downriver institution, readies for its 70th year

Photo courtesy of Bryan Cozzaglio
While it may not be the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow, don’t tell that to customers getting in their last cups of frozen custard at Bob-Jo’s Frozen Custard in Wyandotte Sept. 11, 2016, for the seasonal closing. Many are ready to wait in line during the shop’s 70th opening on April 17, at 4071 Fort St.

By TEREASA NIMS Sunday Times Newspapers WYANDOTTE – People are already licking their lips in anticipation for the 70th opening of Bob-Jo’s Frozen Custard April 7. “Oh, how I’ve missed this place,” resident Amber Reitz said. “There are many times I crave a frozen custard in the seven months they are closed. So many other people do, too.” Dearborn resident Bryan Cozzaglio was at Bob-Jo’s for its closing day last year Sept. 11. Cozzaglio noted then he couldn’t wait for spring for the store to reopen. "I love Bob-Joe’s,” Cozzaglio said. “The frozen custard is delicious and the portions are large. Don't be disappointed when you see long lines, they go reasonably fast. The only bad thing is that I didn't learn about this place until a couple years ago, despite living Downriver for a couple decades." The shop, 4071 Fort St., is popular not just among locals, but people from cities all over Michigan. Michigan residents report they drive from all over, including Niles, Midland, Norway, Mancelona and Traverse City. “It’s a childhood memory that tastes as good as my first bite,” said Gavin Roker of Traverse City. “There are a lot of things you can find in Traverse City, but you can’t find Bob-Jo’s.” Roker said it was so important to him when he took his children, 3 and 5, to Bob-Jo’s for the first time. He said he wanted it to be something as special as when his mom took him. “It kind of was, except my daughter wanted to taste my 5-year-old son’s frozen yogurt, and when he went to let her taste he accidentally plunged it into her face – then she cried,” Roker said. “So, I guess it was a memorable experience.” There will be a line for the business open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., but all people interviewed said it is worth the wait, citing the toasted coconut topping at the top of their craving list. Savannah Johnson moved to Detroit from Los Angeles in 2014, where frozen yogurt is what people bring you if you are ill, depressed or having a bad day. So, another frozen yogurt place didn’t excite her … until she tried it. “This stuff isn’t like anything I’ve had before,” Johnson said Thursday. “I am so anxious for the reopening. I took the day off work.” She even told her parents they must come to Michigan for a taste of Bob-Jo’s. Frozen custard comes in vanilla and chocolate or half and half. Frozen yogurt is available in vanilla or strawberry or half and half. Cones range from $2 to $4. The offerings also include milkshakes, and Bob-Jo Flurries. To follow Bob-Jo’s on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/BobJosFrozenCustard or @BobJosFrozenCustard. The phone number is 734-282-6818. (Tereasa Nims can be reached at dstreporter@gmail.com.)