Tastee Freez reopens after vandalism

Customers line up to the windows of Tastee Freez in Moorhead after it reopened Sunday, July 19. Tanner Robinson / WDAY

MOORHEAD — Just in time for National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 19, Tastee Freez was scooping up customers once again.

The popular eatery reopened Sunday after vandals broke into the business early last week.

Dozens of people of all ages were in line to get their ice cream fix, as well as other foods like corn dogs and chicken strips.

Jessica Malvin, one of the business' co-owners, said she's very thankful for the support, after both the pandemic and the break-in hit her business hard.

"I'm overwhelmed with emotion of just the amount of love people have for us," she said. "It's something you don't expect."


Malvin said after the break-in, she feared that someone didn't want her food stand there anymore, but after seeing the turnout Sunday, she's letting the love from the community sink in.

"To come back and get started on things and have people knocking on our door, and just have that response, it's like, 'OK, we are loved,'" she said. "We are wanted in the community."

A GoFundMe page for damage costs has already raised over $27,000 of its $35,000 goal.

Moorhead police are still looking for the vandals, but Malvin said the restaurant may close around late September or early October to fix the damage.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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