A new frozen treat is making waves at Lake of the Ozarks.
On Memorial Day weekend, Ozark Shave Ice & Creamery debuted on "The Strip" in Lake Ozark, Missouri. The shop offers several flavors of Central Dairy ice cream, but the star of the menu is something you can't find anywhere else in the area: shave ice.
Owner Patrick Langelier first tried shave ice on a trip to Hawaii, where the iconic frozen treat originated and is enjoyed by locals year-round. The treat is typically made with shaved ice (as opposed to crushed ice used for treats such as snow cones) that is covered in flavored syrups, sweetened condensed milk and ice cream, among other things.
"It was the first time I'd ever seen anything like it; I didn't even know what it was," says Langelier. "I was like, 'Holy cow! Why does The Lake not have this?'"
Langelier owned a decorative concrete floor company – which he says was back-breaking work – but when the space at 1508 Bagnell Dam Boulevard became available, he decided to jump into a brand new business with less manual labor. And since he gets to involve his family, including his kids, in the process, he says that it's been a great transition.
"It's outstanding," he says, "especially going from what I was doing to now. And our community is amazing as well. So being able to have my family brought up in that environment, it's incredible. I love it."
While you can get a simply flavored shave ice or scoop of ice cream, the stars of the menu get a little more creative. Ozark Shave Ice & Creamery serves up crazy shakes, massive milkshakes with over-the-top accoutrements, including entire donuts and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.
Customers can also try the signature shave ice like it's never been seen before. The tropical paradise gourmet shave ice, for instance, features a scoop of banana ice cream between two layers of shave ice drenched in piña colada, banana and Aloha Hawaii syrups, plus sweetened condensed milk. Before serving, Langelier also adds shredded pineapple, fresh banana, whipped cream and fried coconut. "It's amazing," he says.
Similar loaded creations are popular in flavor variations such as strawberry shortcake and orange dreamsicle.
Although Ozark Shave Ice & Creamery opened just a couple of months ago, Langelier already has a second location in the works. Next year, expect a shop on the south side of Lake of the Ozarks in Camdenton, Missouri. His plans don't stop there, however – he hopes to keep expanding as opportunities become available.
Ozark Shave Ice & Creamery, 1508 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Lake Ozark, Missouri, 573.693.9573, facebook.com/Ozark-Shave-Ice-Creamery