Throughout their years living in New York City, Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff had always focused on their respective careers — until they got themselves a Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Their seasonal truck debuted in June 2009, and since then, the business has seen a whirlwind of publicity and has become a New York favorite. With a playful attitude, Big Gay Ice Cream spins a new take on old-school soft-serve by creating fun and unique ice creams, toppings, and frozen treats that appeal to a diverse mix of clientele.
To help bring rainbow sprinkles and Salty Pimps to ice cream lovers year-round, the first Big Gay Ice Cream Shop opened in September 2011 in New York City’s East Village, followed by a West Village location in December 2012.
In June 2012, Dessert Professional featured Big Gay Ice Cream in their 10 best ice cream parlors in the U.S. issue. Then in May 2013, The Daily Beast and USA Today ranked Big Gay Ice Cream as the #5 best ice cream parlor in the world - the highest ranked U.S. ice cream parlor on the list.
Big Gay Ice Cream changed the game of soft-serve in March 2013 when they replaced their original ice cream and launched an all new proprietary ice cream developed in collaboration with Ronnybrook Farm Dairy. Their new soft-serve has been called “awesome” by the press and places Big Gay Ice Cream as one of “New York’s ice cream powerhouses--not only for what they do with ice cream, but for the ice cream itself.”
Currently, Douglas and Bryan are focusing on growing the Big Gay Ice Cream brand. In May 2015, they opened a new store in Philadelphia, their first outside of NYC.
The pair finished their first cookbook. Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats: Going All the Way with Ice Cream, published in April 2015 by Clarkson Potter.
Big Gay Ice Cream has been featured in numerous domestic and international publications, as well as TV and radio programs on network television, Cooking Channel, Food Network, VH-1, and more, in addition to featured guests on The Rachael Ray Show and contributors to Unique Sweets.