Photo: The vacant Berbiglia Wines and Spirits building will be replaced by a family friendly Andy’s Frozen Yogurt.
Andy’s Frozen Custard purchases Berbiglia building
By Kathy Feist
Exciting news for the south side of Waldo.
Andy’s Frozen Custard headquartered in Springfield, MO, has announced it will open a new franchise site at the corner of 79th and Wornall where the vacant Berbiglia Wine & Spirits building is located.
South Waldo is in the process of revitalizing, with extensive remodeling at Wornall Village Shopping Center on 85th and Wornall. The family friendly, modern facility of Andy’s Frozen Custard will now add a special “coolness” factor.
“It’s going to be great looking, like the store on 106th and State Line,” says Andy’s Frozen Custard CEO Andy Kuntz. “We’re very excited.”
“It’s a great neighborhood, really,” he says. “My wife and I have driven down that road thousands of times to go to my favorite restaurant, Waldo Thai,” he proudly states. Kuntz and his wife Dana own a second home on the Plaza in addition to their home in Springfield.
Kuntz is a former Raytown resident. He and his family moved to the Ozarks when he was 14. While he was in college, his father, John, and mother, Carol, were inspired by a friend’s thriving frozen custard business in Milwaukee. Wisconsin, called Leon’s Frozen Custard. They opened a similar one in Osage Beach in 1986 and soon expanded to Springfield where they set up headquarters. Kuntz took over the business when his father passed away in 2008.
There are now around 90 franchise stores in 14 states. Those in Kansas City are near and dear to Kuntz’ heart and will always be corporate owned.
“We are excited about these older neighborhood sites,” says Kuntz. The first Andy’s was built in Old Westport five years ago.
Two other sites will open at Prairie Fire on 135th St in Overland Park and another in Independence.
Andy’s Frozen Custard is a free-standing, drive through frozen custard shop open year round from 11 am to 11:30 pm.