Written by Daniel Offner Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00
This holiday season, Farmingdale residents will be able to warm up with a hot cup of coffee, or cool off with some ice cream and frozen yogurt, once Charlotte’s yogurt shop opens its doors at 294 Main Street.
The brainchild of brothers Nick and John DeVito, Charlotte’s looks to bring a homey environment to downtown Farmingdale that sets it apart from the bright neon and plastic motif of most other fro-yo chains.
“We wanted something a little bit different,” said Nick DeVito, 51. “We wanted to do our own thing, in our own style.”
Built atop a former prohibition-era speakeasy—which still includes the old tin walls and ceiling used by bootleggers in the basement—DeVito was inspired to make Charlotte’s provide an old fashioned ambiance that is reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties. Designs include granite table-tops, rocking chairs and seating by the front window, which the architects have said are akin to a Southern-style establishment. There is also a back room for parties and a yard for people to sit and enjoy their frozen treats outside on a hot summer day.
“There is room to grow in different directions.”
For Nick DeVito, the inspiration behind opening a frozen yogurt shop was deeply seated in his past. As a youth, Nick worked summers as a cashier for a local ice cream shop.
“It was probably the best job I ever had,” he said.
With several prominent bars and eateries open along Main Street, the DeVito brothers noticed there were not a lot of options when it came to dessert. The DeVitos set their sights on serving frozen yogurt in downtown Farmingdale, and named the shop after their mother, Charlotte.
Like most fro-yo establishments, Charlotte’s is self-serve and features 12 different flavors of frozen yogurt, plus twirl, and 24 different types of toppings, including hot fudge. At the request of several members of the community, the DeVito’s later expanded beyond just frozen yogurt, adding ice cream and coffee into the mix.
Working over the past year to turn their vision into a reality, the DeVitos say they are 90 percent complete with the construction and anticipate opening in time for Christmas.