Frosty Freez

Frosty Freez is preparing to open at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 1st for the 2016 season and their 60th Anniversary.

Frosty Freez, which has been serving ice cream since 1956, will be open from at least 11:30am to 9pm every day throughout the season starting on April 1st, the 2016 season will come to a close at 9pm on September 30th.

Frosty Freez is located at 496 East Main Road in Middletown and online at www.frostyfreez.com.

A Look At Frosty Freez’s History In Their Own Words

“Leo Cassidy opened the “Tastee Freez” sometime in 1956, according to the limited records we’ve been able to find.  He and his wife Grace ran both the ice cream shop and “Leo’s Diner” which was located right behind the shop.  Neither Leo nor his wife are with us anymore, but their small, family-oriented ice cream business still sits in the same building, serving Aquidneck Island families for over 50 years now.  The name was changed to Frosty Freez at some point during their time, but we haven’t been able to find out when; we are still actively seeking more historical information. The building has gone through quite a few changes, as has Middletown, but the family atmosphere remains.

Ray and Solange Roppe purchased the business back in 1977, and ran both the ice cream shop and their clothing store “Ray’s Fashions”, located right behind Frosty Freez.  The Roppe’s daughter Martine took over the shop in 1990, and ran it with her husband Gary for the next 10 years.  In June of 2000, my husband Mark and I became the 3rd family of “caretakers” of this little Middletown landmark.  We feel very fortunate to continue the tradition of serving a fun treat to our small community.  Lots of people love it for its old-fashioned simplicity and its continuity.  And its ice cream, of course!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Roppes for “showing us the ropes” in the ice cream business.  Fast and friendly service, great product and affordable prices have created a great fan base over the years.  We’ll continue to do our best to keep things that way, while, of course, always looking for ways to make it even better!”

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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