Gunther's Quality Ice Cream

With the change of times you can still find good old fashion ice cream at a good old fashion business.
  • 2801 Franklin Blvd
    Sacramento, CA 95818



    Open Daily 11am - 9pm

  • June 2020 update: NOW OPEN daily 11am - 9pm

    5/22/20 Update: stay tuned for new outdoor searing option coming in June 2020

    3/21/20 Update (Follow their Instagram for the most current updates)

    We are open for curb side orders only!!! Open 11am—9pm daily.

    We have Ironed out a great system to get your ice cream, keeping the 6ft social separation enforced!!

    1.) Call in Orders are best, so that your order is ready for quick pickup. When you get here to pick up your order, a staff member will appoint you to a numbered table to pick your order up.

    2) If you come without prior ordering you can step up to the curb and a staff member will appoint you to one of our, numbered, outside tables, we will bring your order to you. Tables are spaced 6ft apart.


    We will only ALLOW ONE PERSON at curbside to PLACE or PICKUP their order. All groups of friends, partners, family and kids MUST remain in their vehicles while waiting. We will not allow groups to form. *A menu of our items can be found on our website at *Once your order is received you will be asked to not remain on the premises..sidewalk or surrounding areas. This is a great time to take a drive or a nice walk 😊

    We appreciate your support and want everyone to keep HEALTH and SAFETY their FIRST PRIORITY!!! Ice Cream is a great treat and for so many, at this time, a great way to get the kids out of the house for a short time but, we must do this wisely!!! Please respect our curb side service.

    Stay Well!!! ❤️🙏🤗


    Rick and Marlena Klopp @gunthersicecream Located at 2801 Franklin Blvd #eatthegrid #downtowngrid #supportlocal

    Gunther's Quality Ice Cream Company was established in April 1940, owned and operated by Herman "Pop" Gunther and his wife, Iva.

    The Gunther's worked for a small firm that had opened a chain of ice cream stores throughout the Bay Area. When the company folded after 20 years, the Gunther's decided to open their own business, but in a warmer climate. Feeling the idea would work on a one-store basis, the Gunther family (Pop Gunther, Iva and son Dick) moved to Sacramento and bought a little store on the corner of 5th Avenue and Franklin Boulevard.

    The store was 12 feet wide and 40 feet long. Ice Cream was manufactured on the premise. Business was all carryout, hand-packed pints and quarts. The biggest volume was in ice cream cones, which sold for five cents each.

    World War II changed the lifestyles of many people, and the Gunther's business was strongly affected. Sugar and butterfat were rationed and Gunther's was only allowed 80% of the monthly supplies used previously. Pop decision was to continue producing a quality product that his customers had come to expect. Because he made less ice cream, the store remained open on average of only 14 days per month.

    After the war the Gunther's decided to open a larger store. Wanting to stay in the neighborhood where they had been so successful, they opened a new store in 1949 at it's present location, on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Franklin Blvd. This was the beginning of an even more successful time.

    The Gunther's operated the ice cream store until 1969. Mr. Gunther passed away in 1963 and their son Dick Gunther passed away in 1967. Mrs. Gunther, unable to continue operating the store, sold the business to Carl Buchell that year. (Iva Gunther passed away in 1989.)

    The present owner of Gunther's Ice Cream, Rick Klopp, was employed in 1969 at the age of 22 by Carl Buchell. Rick became manager of the operation 5 years later, and in 1974, Rick bought the business from Carl Buchell.

    Rick and his wife Marlena continue to manufacture the product on the premise and maintain the quality based on the original recipes left by the Gunther family. Although some moderations have been made, the store looks almost the same as it did when it opened. Rick and Marlena are concerned with the high quality of their product and they work hard to ensure that quality. Gunther's Ice Cream now sells ice cream to over 60 locations, in and adjacent to the Sacramento Area. QUALITY is still the foremost concern.

    With the change of times you can still find good old fashion ice cream at a good old fashion business.
  • What gives Gunther's Ice Cream its superior taste?

    .....a combination of high quality processing, the use of all natural ingredients, and the rich percentage of the cream we use.

    Gunther's Ice Cream uses a slow, hand-controlled "Batch Freezer Method" to process their ice cream. This method is similar to the hand cranked ice cream machines used in the early 1900's.

    Gunther's Ice Cream is only available in Specialty Ice Cream outlets, top rated restaurants and selective companies.

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