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Kensington's Sugar Cone Café is closing on Dec. 24, according to owners Andrea Tung and Ken Brunetti. The business takes too much time away from family, they said. They're hoping to find someone else to take over the business.

Kensington's Sugar Cone Café is closing, according to the couple who opened the business on the township's main thoroughfare, Arlington Avenue, a little over two years ago.

"The demands of the store are taking too much time away from our family," says a notice posted in the cafe window by owners Andrea Tung and Ken Brunetti of Kensington.

"Oh no!" said customer Jeanne Wiegelmann-Alfandary in a comment on the cafe's Facebook page. "My kids will be devastated! So sad to see you close!"

Tung posted an announcement on the Facebook page Wednesday saying, "After two wonderful years, we are sad to report that we will be closing the cafe as of Monday, December 24th. It has been an absolute joy to have served this community where we have been met with much praise and support."

The business will close at 2 p.m. Monday, according to the sign in the window.

Tung said she and her husband are interested in talking to anyone interested in taking over the cafe. "I have the business for sale," said Tung, who was the main operator of the Sugar Cone. Anyone interested is invited to contact info@sugarconecafe.com.

The cafe opened Nov. 19, 2010 on the corner of Arlington and Amherst avenues, sharing a building with Ace Hardware across the street from the Kensington Chevron service station. The space was previously occupied by the Kensington Ice Cream Parlor.

Sugar Cone has featured gourmet desserts by chocolatier Alfred Schilling, Double Rainbow ice cream, and quality coffee and espresso drinks. It also added sandwiches to its menu.

It's also played a civic role, providing bicycle amenities in response to a Prospect Sierra Middle School "Carrotmob" project and serving as relief station on Bike to Work Day.

"I really feel bad for all the kids who come here," Tung told Patch. "They make a ritual of coming here every Friday. They're heart-broken."

Correction: The original version of this article gave the wrong first name for Sugar Cone co-owner Ken Brunetti. It has been corrected.

Danny Chester December 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Yes Betty, Berkeley, Albany & Prospect Sierra are on different schedules. At my business we arrange our class schedule based on what each school calendar reflects for different districts. Besides, the owner's kids go to Hilltop. Owning a business & having young kids takes its toll for sure.
Craig B. Wilson December 23, 2012 at 01:49 AM
How small can you get, Michael?
Andrea Tung December 24, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Michael, As Danny mentioned, our kids go to Kensington Hilltop Elementary School. We have done everything to cater toward the Kensington Hilltop community including donating birthday parties at our store for the past three years to the Garden Party auction, donating our baked goods AT the Garden Party, donating ice cream for the Hilltop Carnival in May, and donating over 400 ice cream coupons for kids participating in the Kensington Library Summer Reading Program. The other commenters are right. We DID welcome back West Contra Costa (not just Kensington) students on our blackboard the week they started school and it WAS NOTICED because we did banner business on their first day of school. The next week, we welcomed back students of surrounding schools because we appreciate ALL of our customers.
Charles December 24, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Many thanks to Andrea for all of her hard work and dedication in establishing and running Sugar Cone. The place quickly became a community focal point. It was warm, welcoming and quite obviously a labor of love. Thanks so much for your considerable gift to our community.
Wendy Horng Brawer January 04, 2013 at 08:44 AM
Andrea was wonderful working with Prospect Sierra students on their Carrotmob initiative. She was patient, responsive, and partnered with them to empower their ideas and turn them into action. I wish Andrea, Ken, and their family the very best in whatever new adventure they take on. Thank you for providing such a warm and welcoming gathering place these past two years! My family will miss Sugar Cone Cafe.


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