Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Snowcone Wars

So this has nothing to do with law school, but I was just kinda wondering...

What's with the snowcone turf wars going on at S. Lamar and Barton Springs Rd? When I first moved here, I immediately noticed Sno-Beach, snuggled into it's corner of the P. Terry's parking lot. Seeing as how, in the summer months, the line for their snowcones usually was at least 10-15 people long, it was hard not to notice. I always had a theory that they laced their snowcones with lithium or ritalin, and desperate parents took their kids there for a downer so they could have a moment of peace.

But now, Sno-Beach is occupying a corner of the Barton Springs Saloon parking lot and a new snowcone stand has moved into the P-Terry's lot, which is all of about 100 yards away.

What the hell is going on? Does South Austin need this many snowcones? Which stand will win out in this shaved ice war? Oh, the humanity!

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At 11:13 PM, March 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is the parking lot the snow-cone place was originally located in - if you drive by again, you'll notice it's being torn down and there's a fence around it... hence I think the snow cone place has to move, and the new snowcone stand is theirs. I don't remember what the sign said, I haven't been by there in a while.

 
At 6:48 PM, March 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right on one point--the original location of Sno Beach is now fenced off to become just what Austin needs, more condos. But, they had moved it across the street from that into the P. Terry's parking lot. But now, the Sno Beach booth is down further and there is a bright shiny silver trailer selling Sno Cones in the P. Terry's lot. It's very bizarre.

 
At 9:14 PM, March 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the shiny new trailer the one with the "no parking" spray painted on the back?

 
At 1:15 PM, April 09, 2007, Blogger Farmacy said...

Here is the story as I know it (I was googling for more info, when I came to this post).

A year ago, Pat (P. Terry), heard that Sno Beach was closing down. He thought it was both a shame that Austin was losing a landmark, and a great business opportunity.

He decided to open his own Sno Cone store (named after his dog Molly, which is a seperate issue). He bought a trailer, and supplies and patiently waited for Sno Beach to officially shut down, so as not to step on the toes of an Austin landmark (and the people of Austin).

It appears as though Sno Beach has not shut down, and P. Terry's has proceeded with the opening of their own Sno Cone store. Why this happened is probably something that only the owners of both know, and the true story will never come out.

 

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