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Something sweet this way comes: Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab celebrates grand opening in SLO



Fictional ice cream scientist, Doc Burnstein, is bringing his lab to Higuera Street with the grand opening of Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab’s San Luis Obispo location on Friday, Jan. 24, and they are giving their first 100 paying customers golden tickets.

Doors will open to the public starting at 5 p.m. and will go until the ice cream runs out. The first 100 paying customers who receive a golden ticket, will be able to enjoy free ice cream sundaes once a month for an entire year.

A tourist and local family favorite, Doc Burnstein’s is known for their creative takes on yummy classics, including customer favorite flavors, such as vanilla M&M, merlot raspberry truffle, yellow snow (lemon ice cream with chocolate toffee and chocolate chips), and motor oil—a flavor that was originally developed for a Pismo Beach car show.

Founder Greg Burstein, said, “Our loyal customers have been waiting for this. We even have a fan planning a 200-mile bike ride from Los Angeles to be here on opening day.”


The San Luis Obispo shop began renovations last August and finished in early January, making it the company’s third location. Their original parlor in Arroyo Grande has been open since 2003, and they opened doors of the parlor at their Orcutt location back in 2012.

Doc’s seeks to provide customers with an old-fashioned ice cream parlour experience, sporting ’50s-inspired ice cream booths and a model train that runs along a track lined across the top of the walls. Shop goers can also get a glimpse of the ice cream lab, where their original flavors are mixed and made.

The new shop will be taking the spot of the former Cold Stone Creamery, at 860 Higuera St., between Morro and Chorro streets.


Intern Jessica Burger compiled this week’s Bites. Send food news to


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