A TASTE of the 50s has been served up by a new business venture hoping to lick the opposition.
Owners of Lickerty Lick have transformed the former Little Fat Buddha takeway on Station Road, Fulwell, into a retro 50s diner complete with juke box and Cadillac-themed decor.
It’s proving popular already, with more than 500 visitors in its first two days of trading.
Manageress Chloe Burgess said: “We noticed there were no ice cream parlours for people around here. You had to drive to South Shields for the nearest one.
“The amount of people we have had coming in since we opened has been absolutely ridiculous.
“We had to open a day earlier than planned because of the demand.
“We are open until 9pm as well, when most other places are shut, so we’ve had a lot of people just popping in for a coffee.”
As well as selling 26 varieties of ice cream, the diner sells other American classics such as hot dogs, waffles, floats and pancakes.
The business is also hoping to team up with local disabled charities and schools, as an incentive for pupils’ good behaviour, to give away free ice creams.