SPARTA, NJ- The day so many have been waiting for is here.  Sparta Dairy is open and serving ice cream.  On Leap Day with snow flakes flying a crowd of family, friends and community members were on hand to cheer as the ribbon was cut.

They were also there for the ice cream.  Michael Bartone was the first on line and the first to be served.

“I’s exciting to have it back open instead of an empty building,” Bartone said.

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Owners Sarah and Anthony Ziccardi were joined by their sons Zach and Mason, parents Jim and Deb Ziccardi and Debbie and Greg Wright, Jeff Galindo and Butch Wales.  Employees Nancy Nestor, Emma Cilli and Jacqui Smart and Mayor Jerry Murphy helped cut the ribbon.

A couple of Sparta officers stopped by to say hello to Sprinkles, the Sparta Diary mascot and to enjoy some ice cream.

A steady flow of customers crowded into the new shop.  While the building remains, everything from the paint, to the paver patio, the equipment, the flooring and the faces behind the counter are new.  There are new umbrellas, picnic tables and benches that will see more use as the temperatures climb.

The township replaced the failing railroad tie wall with a cement block wall when it was determined that the wall was township property. New fencing will be installed soon. 

“Sparta township has been phenomenal and the community has been so supportive,” Sarah Ziccardi said.

The Sparta Dairy will be serving hard and soft ice cream with all the topping, shakes and cakes and Dole Whip too.

Sparta Dairy will be following winter hours until sometime in April, as weather permits.  They will be open:

  • Wednesday 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.,
  • Thursday 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.,
  • Friday 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Sunday 11 a.m. until 8 a.m.