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Adored Ice Cream Shop reopens after suddenly closing for months

Hudson Valley ice cream fans are now celebrating the reopening of a “gem” of a restaurant and ice cream bar after facing a family emergency.

It has been a difficult few years to keep many family owned restaurants and stores open. And while the pandemic was not a sufficient obstacle to keeping these local treasures operational, a preferred local location also had to deal with personal issues that have ended up shutting down all operations since June.

The Hudson Valley is very protective of our small businesses, so when a beloved ice cream stand announced that it was going through a rough patch and should abandon the business, customers flooded their Facebook page with love and support.

In June, Duffy’s on Clinton Street in Montgomery, an old-fashioned ’50s-themed restaurant and ice cream stand announced they would have to close.

We had a family emergency and are temporarily closed. We are still dealing with the consequences. Unfortunately, business has not been our priority during this difficult time in our lives. We didn’t want to leave everyone in the dark. We really appreciate everyone who contacted us! We also cannot thank you enough for all the love and support you have shown us over the past 2 years and the continued support you have shown us now. We have really lucked out with our amazing clients. It’s not goodbye, but see you later! We will keep you posted.

True to their word, Duffy’s officially reopens today. Those delicious smash burgers, fries and homemade ice cream flavors are all back. The restaurant has updated their menu to “simplify” things, but all of your favorites are there.

Duffy’s asks customers who are happy to return for breakfast, lunch and ice cream to be patient with their new staff. The restaurant was still looking for a cook, dishwasher and food preparation helper earlier this week and said wait times may be longer than usual at as new employees learn the ropes.

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