Carrie Rengers

Rita’s Italian Ice offers free flavored ice to celebrate first day of spring

This spring, the Miller brothers opened the first Rita’s here next to their Five Guys in Comotara Center at 29th and Rock Road.
This spring, the Miller brothers opened the first Rita’s here next to their Five Guys in Comotara Center at 29th and Rock Road. File photo

As Rita’s Italian Ice franchisees Jeff and Jay Miller expand the concept in Kansas, Wichitans have an opportunity to try the ice for free on Friday.

It’s a 23-year tradition for the Philadelphia-based Rita’s to give away its flavored ice to celebrate the first day of spring.

Last year, the Millers’ first Rita’s next to their Five Guys Burgers and Fries near 29th and Rock Road wasn’t open in time for the celebration, but it’s participating this year.

Jay Miller says the second Wichita Rita’s will open late next month next to the downtown Five Guys on East Douglas just east of Washington, and a Five Guys and Rita’s will open together in Hutchinson in June or July.

Miller says he and his brother also are seeking a site for a west-side Rita’s – with no luck so far.

“It’s got to be the right one.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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