Did you know that before Ted Drewes Sr. was a frozen custard connoisseur, he was famous around town for being a champion tennis player on the Forest Park tennis courts?
Drewes Sr. took his family to Florida every winter to practice his tennis skills. After randomly being asked to sell frozen custard for a traveling circus by a friend in Florida, he put his own spin on a recipe and got to work. The business stuck, and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard was born: Drewes Sr. opened up a St. Petersburg, Florida, location in 1929, and then returned to St. Louis to open several Ted Drewes locations between 1930 and 1941.
Today, the only remaining locations are on Chippewa Street and South Grand Boulevard. Ted Drewes has stayed in the family for three generations and is now owned by Drewes Sr.’s granddaughter, Christy Dillon, and her husband, Travis.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to be part of St. Louis as much as we are,” Travis says. “It’s a big honor to continue the legacy.”
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Here, he shares three of the couple’s favorite summertime activities.
St. Louis Cardinals games
“Our family has had season tickets since 1996. It started out with Ted Drewes Jr. and [his wife,] Dottie, getting them, and now we’ve taken them over. It’s hard to give up things that are so enjoyable for the family, and it’s all supportive of St. Louis. That’s our main goal: to do things that support St. Louis.”
Saint Louis Zoo
“We’re very fortunate that the zoo is free. We love to see the animals and to ride the train with the grandkids – they’re at the age where they really enjoy riding the train.”
“We enjoy going to The Muny inside Forest Park; they’re great performances. In St. Louis, we’re lucky to have one of the largest outdoor performance [venues] in the United States.”