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
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara

Capcom's 1996 release Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara is a side-scrolling beat 'em up with extensive RPG elements. Players level up, equip new gear, and collect a wide variety of magical items. The game also features forking pathways with multiple endings.

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!

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