text: Ice Cream Factory
Hours of
operation
Sunday 12pm - 9pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 12pm - 9pm
Friday 12pm - 9pm
Saturday 12pm - 9pm
267-ICE-HERO
267-423-4376
4369 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA
Currently playing on Wall-O-Vision
Final Fight

Capcom's 1989 release Final Fight is among the best loved of the side scrolling beat-'em-up genre. Players clean up the dirty streets of Metro City with one of three characters: Cody, Guy, or Mayor Mike Haggar ( AKA one of the best videogame characters of all time )

August 10, 2017

Ever since we decided we were going to open an ice cream parlor, we've had a goal to craft a sundae that captured the warm gooey experience of eating a campfire s'more. After testing a wide array of prototypes, we think we've finally nailed it!

Seeing as how today is inexplicably designated as National S'mores Day, we're unleashing them upon the public this weekend. Stop on by and see if you can keep yourself from eating more than one!

July 20, 2017

Guys... we won "Best Ice Cream" in Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly 2017 issue.

We'll be right with you as soon as we pick ourselves off the ground.

July 10, 2017

We were honored and humbled on Saturday to make our NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE on ABC 6's FYI Philly. If you didn't catch it over the weekend, you can watch it right here!

July 06, 2017

This weekend we're going to use half of WALL-O-VISION to watch Summer Games Done Quick, an amazing event that showcases the best video game speedrunners raising money for Doctors Without Borders. If you're not familiar with the world of speedrunning, this is an excellent event to get acquainted with it.

Because the other station is wide open, we have room to play our first two-player competitive game: Super Street Fighter II. Come on in and fight your friends!

June 29, 2017

Happy Fourth of July weekend, everyone! We're celebrating with a limited edition sundae: The Red White & Blue combines mini-scoops of Strawberry, Vanilla, and Blueberry Cheesecake ice cream with fresh berries and a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

Speaking of fresh fruit, we have two new flavors on tap: the aforementioned Blueberry Cheesecake and Peach!

June 09, 2017

We were interviewed for a great article in Manayunk Magazine's summer issue, which just hit the presses this week. Stop by and check it out, or read it online! Our piece starts on page 36.

May 22, 2017

We had a blast being featured on Manayunk.com's MANAYUNK MORNINGS!

Thanks go out to Manayunk.com for choosing us, Leo Dillinger for being an affable host, and Terry Leahy for expertly filming goofballs in their natural habitat.

May 19, 2017

While supplies last, check out our latest flavor: Sea Salted Caramel!

May 10, 2017

We're choosing between two vertical shmup ( "shoot 'em up" ) games for WALL-O-VISION this week: 1942 and Raiden. Vote for your favorite here!

April 15, 2017

Our shop will be closed on Sunday, April 16th for Easter Sunday. Have a great weekend, everyone!

April 13, 2017

Today we debut a new flavor of ice cream AND a limited-edition sundae: this one is for all the mint lovers out there.

Earn a merit badge in deliciousness with our "Cookie Season" sundae! A scoop of Chocolate Mint Chocolate is paired with hot fudge, cookie crumbles, and a Milano cookie.

I'd make a thinly veiled reference to a particular mint cookie, but I fear I'd lose brownie points.

April 12, 2017

We've been hard at work churning to replenish our ice cream stock after the Manayunk StrEAT festival. Look at that line!

We offer our sincerest apologies to anyone left in the lurch after we ran out of ice cream on Sunday.

March 31, 2017

Spring is here, and we have a new limited-edition flavor to ring in the season: Lavender Honey! We also have a special sundae built around it: our "Taste of Spring" is a small sundae that pairs a scoop of Lavender Honey with a Madeline cookie and caramel drizzle. Get your May flowers early!

March 17, 2017

Here at the Factory, there's only one thing that we like as much as we like ice cream -- video games! We knew right away that we'd want to incorporate honest-to-goodness playable video games in our ice cream parlor.

This was a challenging prospect, however, due to the limitations of our available space. Our building's interior width spans 8'10", so large-scale installations ( such as traditional full-sized arcade hardware ) were out of the question. Fortunately, we managed to come up with a system that makes use of the exterior itself as a display. We call this system Wall-O-Vision.

Utilizing a custom-built projection installation, we can now beam arcade images from inside the building onto the adjacent alley wall. While sitting inside the shop, you can play games using our homemade joysticks. We have two screens and four joysticks, allowing us to facilitate up to four players going head-to-head at any given time.

We plan on changing our featured games on a weekly basis, so be sure to check back frequently. If you have any requests, let us know! We just might make it a future "game of the week".

February 25, 2017

Spring is nearly here, and this one promises to be particularly memorable. Our freezers are filled with painstakingly-crafted ice cream, our refrigerator is stocked with from-scratch sauce, and our waffle maker is hungry for action.

We're ecstatic to announce that The Tubby Robot Ice Cream Factory will officially open on Sunday, March 19th, at high noon.

We can't wait to share it with all of you.

Can't wait that long? We're having a special sneak preview tomorrow, February 26, from noon to 4pm. Stop on by and check it out!

February 09, 2017

The factory is looking a little frostier than usual today. Stay safe out there, folks!

Inside, we're filling up the freezers in preparation for our long-awaited opening. After another day or two of churning, we should have all the ice cream we need -- until you guys eat it all. Then we'll probably have to make more.

The question we get most frequently is "WHEN? WHEN WILL YOU BE OPEN? OH HOW IT BURNS, THE NOT KNOWING!" We've gone from answering with a broad "We're not sure, but we're working on it!" to a more assured "Very soon! It's a matter of weeks now!"

January 17, 2017

As we prepare for our opening ( currently scheduled for the 18th of "when it's done!" ), we're finding ourselves diving into a wide variety of different tasks. Today we're flexing some of our interdisciplinary muscle and soldering together custom wireless joysticks.

These joysticks will allow you to play games on WALL-O-VISION, the unique gaming system built just for our shop. Once they're done, we'll share some details about how exactly it works.

At the same time, we're experimenting with combining ice cream with pineapple bread pudding because that seems like a pretty great way to spend an afternoon to us.

December 06, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen: we are ecstatic to share that this is the final week of buildout at the shop. The time between now and your first Tubby Robot sundae experience is shrinking at a discomfiting rate.

The exterior signage was installed today, and we hope Tubby's gleeful visage brightened the mood of Main Street travelers on an otherwise gloomy day.

Our sign has two components: 1) the aluminum logo art mounted high and 2) the three-dimensional "ICE CREAM FACTORY" lettering mounted on the lower beam. The lettering is internally illuminated and has some dandy inline cutouts that really emphasize the individual glyphs.

Our signs were fabricated and installed by the fine folks at Urban Neon, who were a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process.

Inside, the finishes have all been applied. Take note of the woodwork on the walls and around the windows; we think our friends at Deily Contractors did a fantastic job.

If you're local, you might be interested in the fact that we've been churning out test batches of ice cream all week. If you happen to stop by to chat while we're in there, there's a good chance you can finagle a delicious sneak preview. Don't tell anyone, though! It's a secret.

November 04, 2016

It's hard to believe, but we're just a week or two away from the end of buildout! Finishes are now being applied both inside and out, and we have heat and hot water flowing throughout the building.

The tilework has been grouted, and wooden trim elements have been installed.

The front of the shop has been outfitted with transom windows, which will prove integral to the forthcoming Wall-O-Vision™ game stations -- we'll have more on those later.

Outside, the upper marquee has been faced and is ready to receive lighting and signage.

The kitchen is slowly filling with equipment, including a wide variety of refrigeration and -- most importantly -- our new batch freezer. We should be churning out our first test batches of ice cream next week!

October 14, 2016

The architectural centerpiece of our renovation was installed today! This corner-wrapping window will serve as our sole seating area while letting in a great deal of coveted natural light.

These window panes are 100% removable, so we'll be letting in fresh air along with the light when the temperature is pleasant. As a side effect we'll very likely be releasing the tantalizing scent of fresh belgian waffles to Main Street at large, a situation for which we apologize in advance to anyone on a strict dietary regimen.

In the back of the shop, our kitchen buildout is nearing completion. We're scheduled to start receiving equipment next week that'll fill up a large portion of the usable space.

All three of the tile mosaics have been completed, and two of them have been mounted to the wall. You can also see that our stainless steel counters have arrived; we can't wait to wipe the construction debris off of them and line them with toppings.

October 04, 2016

After being assembled, each tile mosaic is lovingly applied to the wall of our humble ice cream shop. This video is presented at 20x normal speed.

The star of this particular video is Tim from Deily Contractors.

September 29, 2016

Here's the process we're using to create the pixel tile mosaics for our incredible ice cream shop. This is the creation of a single 12" square panel; there are 60 panels in all.

I'm not using any performance enhancing drugs; this video is just playing at 12X speed.

September 24, 2016

There's a lot going on at the shop simultaneously, so we'll share a quick overview of the week's work:

There are now functioning doors on the building, which means we have honest-to-goodness keys to the shop.

All of our major masonry projects were completed this week, which included filling a ton of holes on the interior and the gaping tears on the exterior.

The ceiling insulation was treated and painted a lovely shade of gunmetal grey.

Kitchen tile installation is nearly complete! This will likely be the first finished space in the building.

In mosaic news, we've received a shipment of nearly 11,000 various glass tiles. These had to be separated from paper backing and sorted, resulting in a floor-spanning spectrum.

The greys!

The blues and greens!

The reds!

Mosaic assembly has begun, and we'll be at it for at least two weeks. We don't want to make any hasty calls, but we're getting the feeling that these are going to look pretty amazing.

September 14, 2016

As we write this post, the shop's ceilings and walls are being coated with spray foam insulation. This is one of the last steps before we can start applying finishes to the interior, so it's a pretty good time to share some of our decor-based plans with you.

We've been itching to build some video game-inspired mosaics ever since we started this crazy project. Now that the final measurements are locked in, we've been able to design three separate mosaics for our biggest open wall.

Once mounted, the pieces will be surrounded by subway tile and separated by wood trim.

These mosaics will be built with 3/4" glass tiles and will measure approximately 54" x 40". That's pretty dang big!

Each mosaic has been lovingly designed as an homage to a specific game. Can you name the inspiration for all three? Hint: They were all originally released for the Super NES.

September 09, 2016

With all the plumbing and electrical work roughed in, it's officially carpentry season! Our counter tops have been built and they're getting sent off to be wrapped in stainless steel.

Prep work for the incoming windows is underway, and we've officially taken down our construction barrier so everyone on Main Street can see what we're up to.

Next week we'll get to close up all of the utilities and start putting some finishes up. There is going to be a LOT of tile.

September 01, 2016

To save precious space inside the shop, we planned to install an external heating and cooling system on the roof. One thing we weren't sure of, however, was how exactly we'd get such a large piece of equipment up on such a narrow perch.

The answer, it turns out, was a massive crane. Thanks, massive crane!

This guy obviously has a deep trust in the process.

This thing could have easily lifted our HVAC unit above buildings twice the size of these.

Now, it sits upon our tiny roof.

Inside the shop, the electricity and ethernet lines are being run.

These particular receptacles will power our menu boards. By "menu boards", I do of course mean "LCD monitors mounted to the wall".

August 24, 2016

This week our major masonry projects are just about finished up. The most striking of these are the textured block columns that surround the doorway, which wrap the steel posts with a defiant "come at me bro" air of impenetrability. These columns will allow us to install a door (startled gasp) sometime next week, which should prove to be a great boon to the shop's business success.

The windows have been framed, and we hope to have glass coming in shortly. If cartoons have taught us anything, this means we'll have to keep a stern eye out for baseball-playing youths on nearly every future sunny day.

Just in time for the region's first wave of pleasant autumnal weather, our HVAC system is being installed! The spiral ductwork will be exposed; it is metal and therefore looks rad.

August 15, 2016

In our last update, you may have noticed that the exterior corner wall was surrounded by a rather deep trench. Now, that trench has been filled and topped with a handsome curb, reducing the population of ankle-hungry holes on the property by 100%.

Today also saw the completion of parapet wall framing, which will pave the way for our roofing crew to complete their work on top of the building.

Inside, the walls are being chipped down and refaced, which is probably one of the most visually transformative interior events we've had thus far. Every day, this thing starts to more closely resemble an honest-to-goodness building.

August 10, 2016

We have three distinct teams working in the shop today: carpentry, concrete, and plumbing. Our general contractor Tim Deily has been putting his carpentry chops to work building the counters from which we will prepare THE BEST ICE CREAM YOU'VE EVER TASTED.

If you close your eyes, you can just about smell the waffles and hot fudge.

This is a look at what you'll see when you first enter the building. The back of the shop will probably *not* be a pitch black void, but we're still feeling that one out.

August 05, 2016

Now that the steel has been installed, our crew is building the wood framing that will support everything else. With the construction wall down, we can get our first feel for how the shop will look to pedestrians on Main Street.

Standing inside the building, you can really appreciate the new open facade.