Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices doomed?

Ralph’s Italian Ices not so “famous” in Hoboken after all?

From the looks of it – it appears that Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices is for rent.

For rent as Ralph’s Italian Ice, that is! Just $75,000 gets you into this fruity operation.

“A rare opportunity to own Ralphs Italian Ice! Great location in the heart of Hoboken on desired Washington Street. The business is ready for you to take over and start earning $$. All you need to do is show up, Don’t miss out!”

Why do you think the original franchise owners are bailing? They have an easy job that only needs them to “just show up!” Sounds like a friend of mine, actually. Maybe if they put a little more effort into running the businesses they wouldn’t be having problems?

Ralphs Famous Italian Ices in Hoboken NJ for rent - Ralph's Famous Italian Ices doomed?

Ralph’s Italian Ices set to open today in Hoboken, NJ

3/8/2012 Update:

Based on the signs in the window – Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices is supposed to re-open for the season today on the corner of 8th & Washington.

Ralphs Italian Ices Hoboken NJ 2012 - Ralph's Famous Italian Ices doomed?

Ralph’s Italian Ices now open in Hoboken

3/11/2011 Update:

Just like they promised, Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices is now open again for the season in Hoboken (8th & Washington).

Ralphs Italian Ice Hoboken NJ now open for 2011 season - Ralph's Famous Italian Ices doomed?

11/30/2010 Update:

Ralphs Italian Ices closed for the winter

Ice Cream choices dwindling in Hoboken…

For those of you that love Italian Ices & Ice Cream must be a bit depressed come winter time, as your options become limited. Not only is Rita’s Ice closed downtown, but now Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices shut down for the winter (they’ll be back “first week of March.”)

I guess your best bet is to get some tasty Gelato uptown at Ganache Cafe – or deal with the Frozen Yogurt war going on in Midtown Hoboken.

Ralphs Italian Ices closed for the winter in Hoboken NJ - Ralph's Famous Italian Ices doomed?

3/2/2010 Update:

The wait for Ralph’s Italian Ices is over!

Bumped into Justin , the owner of Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices at 801 Washington Street yesterday.

Worried that they’d never open – I was surprised to find out that their soft opening is tomorrow, Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010! They said they’ll be ready to go with tons of choices, and what they claim as the “best value” in Hoboken. Large Ices or Ice Creams are about $3.50, and they’re proud to stand by their big selection of flavors and toppings.

They haven’t finalized their hours yet – but will ease into later hours during warmer months.

Good for them to finally be opening in time for the massive Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade rush! (open till midnight on the big parade day…)

Ralphs Italian Ice Hoboken NJ opening March 3 2010 - Ralph's Famous Italian Ices doomed?

10/17/2009 Update:

Just in time for… Winter?

Not sure what the holdup is at Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices that’s been in the works over at 8th and Washington – but cold weather is coming, and that just isn’t synonymous with “frozen treats” now is it? From the evidence on scene, it seems like a PSE&G truck was there, and some digging was being done on the front… so perhaps some “technical glitches” are holding up the opening…

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8/25/2009 Update:

Coming in September!

Hoboken411 has received quite a few emails asking when the upcoming Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices is opening up (there is demand for this – and many other businesses uptown).

Well – I stopped by yesterday, and spoke with owner Justin about exactly when they hope to open…

ralphs italian ice hoboken nj progress report summer 2009 - Ralph's Famous Italian Ices doomed?

Ralph’s Italian Ices is experiencing the same issues that many new Hoboken businesses encounter – delays, hiccups and other unplanned problems. He said they originally hoped to open on September 1st – but may be pushed back a week or two – so anticipate the only Hoboken Italian Ice establishment with 30 flavors – to unlock their doors sometime the first half of September!

This will be a great summer relief to many nearby residents!

7/9/2009:

Just in time for summer!

Coming soon to 801 Washington Street, and much to the delight of non-downtown residents is “Ralph’s (Famous) Italian Ices!”

Taking over the doomed Sole Search retail store, Ralph’s must have read the Hoboken411 post about how that corner is so unassuming – and installed these easily visible bright blue window awnings! Now that’s noticeable!

With over 60 locations in the tri-state area, Ralph’s will certainly be a bit hit once they open (provided we’re not stuck with a super cold summer!)

Welcome to Hoboken!

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Stabone130
Stabone130
Monday, March 14, 2011 10:38 am

They’re open but um…..didn’t have ice cream this weekend. So weird. Why open, then??

dramaqueen2000
dramaqueen2000
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 10:39 pm

IMHO, the ice cream from Ralph’s tasted like grit and Rita’s was not very good either. I miss Hobo’s, better ice cream and tasty low cal flavors, too.

escaped68
escaped68
Reply to  dramaqueen2000
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 3:28 pm

It might be old ice cream, it’s clean out the freezer time.[quote comment=”200485″]IMHO, the ice cream from Ralph’s tasted like grit and Rita’s was not very good either. I miss Hobo’s, better ice cream and tasty low cal flavors, too.[/quote]

Stabone130
Stabone130
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 11:48 am

because if there’s something that drunks need more of in their body….its more……liquid?

plywood
plywood
Reply to  Stabone130
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 12:06 pm

Actually, yes. Massive alcohol intake causes a need for re-hydration.

In response to Stabone130 who said:

because if there’s something that drunks need more of in their body….its more……liquid?

DEADMAU5
DEADMAU5
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 11:09 am

I’ll be there 1st in line for a rainbow cup of ice. I wish them well. Ices equal more laundry for us parents 🙁

plywood
plywood
Sunday, October 18, 2009 3:09 pm

You will probably notice at a mall that there are hardly any stores you’ve never heard of before. That’s because they have a policy of not renting to any outfit that has less than 1000 branches(or some other huge number). Basically, that’s because most little start-ups don’t make it. In Hoboken, Washington Street doesn’t make the parking requirements most chains hold out for, or the price per square foot. In addition, many first time retailers think you can sell just about anything for just about any price in Hoboken. Sort a new Jersey myth, that day-trippers are wandering Washington Street all weekend looking for nonsense to spend there money on. Those days are over, try Montclair or Red Bank. Whoops, too late. Guess what, the recession has probably hit Hoboken harder than most places, and most people in Hoboken don’t spend there money here except for essentials like dry cleaning, cups of coffee and delivery fast food. It’s sad, Washington Street actually used to be a decent destination.

escaped68
escaped68
Reply to  plywood
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 6:59 pm

Red bank has plenty of empty retail space, I say about 40% of the store and offices on broad st are vacant. They have the same problems greedy landlords and parking problems.The only places that have any movement are related to food and they often close fast.

In response to plywood who said:

You will probably notice at a mall that there are hardly any stores you’ve never heard of before. That’s because they have a policy of not renting to any outfit that has less than 1000 branches(or some other huge number). Basically, that’s because most little start-ups don’t make it. In Hoboken, Washington Street doesn’t make the parking requirements most chains hold out for, or the price per square foot. In addition, many first time retailers think you can sell just about anything for just about any price in Hoboken. Sort a new Jersey myth, that day-trippers are wandering Washington Street all weekend looking for nonsense to spend there money on. Those days are over, try Montclair or Red Bank. Whoops, too late. Guess what, the recession has probably hit Hoboken harder than most places, and most people in Hoboken don’t spend there money here except for essentials like dry cleaning, cups of coffee and delivery fast food. It’s sad, Washington Street actually used to be a decent destination.

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