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Klavon ice cream parlor in Strip County, Pittsburgh

Klavon ice cream parlor, which made nationwide news for the reception of more than a thousand applicants after doubling their salaries with a minimum wage in Pennsylvania of $ 7.25 per hour to $ 15 per hour in 2021, now on the market. Owner Jacob Gonchar announced on March 21 that the popular Strip District ice cream shop, which first opened in 1923, is up for sale.

“I liked it all,” Gonchar said in a written statement, saying that his other business, the robotics company Digital Dream Labs, needed full attention. “I think it was a good trip. It’s bitter. But I can’t give the store the attention it deserves.”

click to enlarge Clavona Ice Cream Cafe in Pittsburgh County Strip - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

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Klavon ice cream parlor in Strip County, Pittsburgh

Both the business and the building are for sale, and Gonchar says he plans to continue running the store until he finds a new owner.

The Penn Avenue ice cream parlor is a popular local destination for both locals and tourists alike, and since opening nearly a century ago, it has passed through several owners, survived floods and closed for two decades.

“In 2019, we had record sales,” says Gonchar. “Then 2020 and the pandemic hit us and cut our revenues in half. I expect that in 2022 we will return to the level of 2019.”

The news of the sale came after the announcement in December 2021 that Clavon would extends to Clevelandas well as accepting franchise applications to open Klavon branches in other cities. According to Gonchar, these plans continue. “Everything Clawon has done before is in full swing, including franchising,” he adds.

“I want to thank the staff, customers and the city of Pittsburgh for their support over the years, especially in the last few years,” said Gonchar. “It was an amazing trip.”


Those interested in purchasing an ice cream parlor should write by email brentgephart@howardhanna.com.

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