Kolhouse is somewhat of a history buff, a nostalgic and a food enthusiast. He brought his own ideas and recipes to Cleveland and opened his eatery which serves a different kind of hamburger, fries and other foods, including one of the most popular items on the menu ... ice cream ... or frozen custard, as he calls it.
“Where have you been for the past 40 years?” Kolhouse said relating to what Cleveland and Bradley County old-timers say when reflecting on a recipe which has been re-introduced.
“That’s what they say,” Kolhouse explained.
Blending with the community was one thing but when Ron and Debbie Moore approached Kolhouse with an idea from the past, he got into gear and whipped up the original recipe for “Grape Ice Cream” which was served for decades out of the small shop which was located on Central Avenue.
Dooley’s Ice Cream Parlor closed in the early 1970s but not before recipes were saved.
Ron Moore said Don Denney provided what he believed was the original recipe.
“To the best of our knowledge, Frank is the only person who makes and sells it,” said Moore.
“Debbie and I were having lunch at Scoops recently and began talking to Frank about his business. We suggested he try to make the grape ice cream and he said he had never heard of it. We provided him with the recipe and the rest is history,” Moore said.
The Church of God Assembly was a big event in Cleveland in the 1940s when Dooley’s first opened for business.
According to Kolhouse and Moore, if the children behaved during services, their treat would be a trip to Dooley’s.
Kolhouse and Moore said when the folks who used to visit Dooley’s come in Scoops and order the grape delicacy, “their memories flood back to a place in time.”
“It is a treat to eat and share,” Kolhouse said.
“Those who remember it are now parents and grandparents and they are bringing their children or grandchildren in to share what they enjoyed and remember about their past,” he added.
Kolhouse said he sells the grape ice cream in cone, cup, and special orders of quarts and other sizes.
“Some people who remember Dooley’s can’t get out into town so we have a great many people who will buy it and take it to their shut-in relatives,” he said.
Kolhouse is open to ideas to return some of Cleveland’s most nostalgic foods... but they have to live up to his standard as well.
“The grape ice cream has been phenomenal. It is the most popular and biggest seller...and to think ... I never heard of it until I heard its history,” Kolhouse said.