The delectable dessert chain kicks off its anniversary this July with

Chocolate Oreo Blast and Strawberry Cheesecake Celebration Sundaes

IRVINE, Calif. - Tastee-Freez, America's favorite establishment for soft-serve treats and high-quality quick service food, kicks off its 60th anniversary in July 2010, which is fittingly also National Ice Cream Month. One of the longest-lived franchise operations in the United States, there are currently 54 Tastee-Freez LLC restaurants located in 18 states across the country. Tastee-Freez will celebrate its anniversary with two delectable Celebration Sundaes - the "Chocolate Oreo Blast Sundae" and the "Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae" - available at all Tastee-Freez LLC locations until August 31, 2010.

"For 60 years, Tastee-Freez has been providing frozen treats that bring back fond memories of cool, creamy soft-serve and an era gone by," said Tim Mulks, general manager of Tastee-Freez. "The Chocolate Oreo Blast and Strawberry Cheesecake Celebration Sundaes are some of the most popular flavors in our delicious dessert lineup, and mark the beginning of another All-American summer at Tastee-Freez."

The "Chocolate Oreo Blast Sundae" is a combination of Oreo chunks, vanilla soft-serve, chocolate syrup and a cherry, and the "Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae" is a mixture of cheesecake chunks, strawberry topping, vanilla soft-serve and a cherry. Each sundae is available at $2.99 each (prices may vary by location).

In 1950, Leo Moranz, an inventor, and Harry Axene, an entrepreneur, came together to create what would later become one of America's favorite establishments for delicious soft-serve treats and high-quality quick service food. The two men formed a partnership to market a revolutionary new soft-serve pump and freezer which far exceeded the technology of any existing equipment, allowing for faster service and a higher quality, great-tasting product.  Within five years after the first freezer was sold, walk-up stands bearing the Tastee-Freez name opened across the country to sell cones and sundaes to an eager public.  Moranz and Axene allowed stands to use the Tastee-Freez name in exchange for rent paid on the ice cream pump needed to operate each freezer.

Since franchising first gained popularity in the early 1950s, the food service industry has seen many chains come and go.  Tastee-Freez has strived to meet the ever-changing needs of its franchisees and their customers, and has increased its menu offerings over the years to include a wide variety of options.  The majority of Tastee-Freez locations have evolved to become full quick service operations, offering a variety of lunch and dinner options in addition to the famous soft-serve treats. The signature restaurants are located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.

Menu offerings in all Tastee-Freez LLC locations include Old Fashioned Sundaes available in hot fudge, chocolate, strawberry and caramel; Shakes and Floats, including chocolate, vanilla and strawberry; Oreo, Butterfinger, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and M&M Freezees; and the traditional vanilla soft-serve cone, which can be dipped in the signature Tastee-Freez chocolate. Tastee-Freez LLC locations also offer a wide variety of food. Menu options vary, with many locations serving regional favorites, but typical offerings include signature hamburgers and hot dogs, a variety of sandwiches, fries and onion rings.

About Tastee-Freez LLC

With 54 units located throughout the United States, Tastee-Freez LLC is a chain of quick-service restaurants specializing in soft-serve dessert treats. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2010, Tastee-Freez LLC was acquired by Galardi Group, Inc., based in Irvine, Calif., in June, 2003. For more information, visit www.tastee-freez.com.

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