Owners of Newport's Pompilios Italian Restaurant Purchase Historic Sweet Tooth Candy & Ice Cream

Pompilios owners Joe Bristow and Larry Geiger have taken over ownership of the neighborhood sweets shop after the former owners decided to retire

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Photo: Sweet Tooth Candy & Ice Cream
Sweet Tooth Candy & Ice Cream

A Newport establishment nearly a half-a-century in the making will continue its legacy after community business owners have taken over so the current owners may retire.

Sweet Tooth Candy & Ice Cream, located at 125 W. 11th St., has been in the dessert biz since 1972. But after former owner Bob Schneider and his wife announced were considering retiring via a Facebook post, Joe Bristow and Larry Geiger, owners of local Pompilios Italian Restaurant, stepped up to keep the nostalgic establishment in business. 

“Joe and I have been a part of the Newport, Kentucky community since we were kids," says Geiger in a press release.

“We would both go and get Sweet Tooth’s famous Ice Balls in the summer, Caramel Apples in the fall and Valentine’s Day chocolates. It was just a part of our lives and we had to secure its future,” added Bristow in the same press release.

The two will be working with Schneider to continue using the same recipes the community has grown to love (Schneider still plans to visit the factory nearly every day to monitor the quality of his beloved products), but will be doing some updating to the physical location and branding. 

“When we first started the conversation with Bob, we knew we had to keep his recipes the same. We are thankful to share that we are even able to keep Bob on for the foreseeable future to ensure a smooth transition,” said Bristow.

To celebrate the transition, Sweet Tooth Candy is welcoming guests to shop on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 to enjoy a free Opera Cream with any purchase. 

Stop by and say hello to the new gang, and satisfy that sweet tooth while you're at it. 

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