Foote’s Rest adds beer, wine to its sweet lineup
July 6, 2012
For the last 66 years, Foote’s Rest has been an iconic staple in Frisco, transitioning from a Conoco gas station, to a post office and museum and now a sweet shop that will soon serve alcohol.
“We’ve had a lot of requests from community members to serve alcohol,” owner Kelly Foote said. “Parents will enjoy having the opportunity to have a glass of wine or a beer while their kids have ice cream.”
The Frisco Town Council OK’d the liquor license at its meeting Tuesday.
Friday, Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe, located at Fifth and Main in Frisco celebrated its fourth week in business. Since the opening, Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe has attracted many locals and new loyal customers.
Frisco resident Joan North, who was a customer on opening day, said she will be one among many enjoying a drink at Foote’s Rest.
“I think this is a great concept, offering alcohol is such a cool plan,” North said. “I can’t wait to enjoy a drink.”
Part-time Summit County resident Monica Chadsey said the sweet shop has “been a great addition to our community.”
“I’m glad to see that they’ve used the old building, it really adds to the charm of downtown,” Chadsey said.
Foote’s Rest will offer a full bar, which is expected to be up and running by next weekend.
Some of Foote’s highlighted beverages include California wines and local beers.
“We’ll want to serve as many local beers as we can and California top-of-the-line wines,” Foote said. “We want to offer a place for the whole family to enjoy and have fun.”
Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe is the only candy store of its kind that serves alcohol in Frisco, according to Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman, who did the background check on the business.
“Town council has never been approached with a request for a liquor license in a candy shop,” he said.
The council, which vote unanimously for approval, was not concerned about the close proximity of alcohol to minor customers, Wickman said. “We felt, that the laws are in place for this to be approved, checking IDs will of course be required.”
“We want this to be a family thing, it’s not meant to be the hottest party spot on main,” Foote said.
Foote’s Rest has a long legacy on Frisco’s main street location.
The Foote Family has owned the property since 1946. Since then it has served as Foote’s Rest gas station and a post office. When the post office closed in 1966, Foote’s Rest became “a private museum for family and friends,” Foote said.
Foote’s motivation to revamp Foote’s Rest and turn it into a sweet shop is a tribute to his grandmother, Helen Foote.
When he took over the property, he vowed to her that he’d do what he could to restore it.
Foote and his wife, Kerri, have kept the family’s homemade fudge and ice cream recipes alive, selling them out of the Frisco and Dillon Conoco stations since he took over the properties in 2010.
“The sweet shop has always been in the back of my mind,” Foote said. “My grandmother would have been very pleased with the way that everything turned out.”
Foote’s outlook for business is optimistic.
“The local support has been tremendous,” Foote said. “We’ll have everything top notch for our customers, we’ve had so many loyal followers.”