MANATEE -- A giant fiberglass ice cream cone is coming to Cortez Road this summer to house Manatee County's first Twistee Treat Ice Cream shop.
A franchisee of the company has filed plans with Manatee County to build the ice cream shop at the site of a former bank building at 617 Cortez Road W. Known primarily for the giant cone, inside which ice cream servers craft soft-serve-style cones and sundaes, the chain operates more than 14 locations throughout Florida.
According to a company representative, the new Twistee Treat is expected to open in August. County planning officials have yet to sign off on construction plans.
The finished ice cream shop will link the cone structure with the existing bank building to create a 1,350-square-foot retail store, records show. The company's cone buildings measure 20 feet in diameter.
The shop's location puts it near the busy 14th Street West intersection with Cortez Avenue West. It will be near the road in front of a strip shopping mall that contains a Ross Dress for Less and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Once open, the ice cream shop will give away free ice cream to familiarize local residents with its product. The original Twistee Treat company got its start in Florida in 1983.
In addition to serving up ice cream treats, Twistee Treat sells slushies and hot dogs.
Nearby ice cream sellers include a Culver's location at 3515 Cortez Road W. and a Steak n' Shake at 106 Cortez Road W.
Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027 or on Twitter@MattAtBradenton.