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The original Carl's site was a Cities Service Station from the 1930's through the early 1960's.  The building was vacant until the late 1960's when it became the home of Mr. Softee. Carl Garbe bought and renamed the store Carl's Ice Cream in 1980.  Carl and his wife, Betty, managed it and started making hard ice cream there.  It was, and still is, the only ice cream store in Bloomington/Normal that makes its own premium hard ice cream. In March of 2016, "Carl" the 14 foot tall giant arrived at the College Avenue location and has become a favorite photo opp ever since! The Bloomington's restaurant is located at 601 West Locust Street. 

Central Region

1700 W. College Ave.
Normal, IL

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