Nostalgia Party

A retro café that will take you back to the days of ice-cream sodas

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ntique store-turned-café/ice cream parlor Sugarbowl Café is a quaint little shop whose legacy evokes some old-fashioned touches including a Boston favorite: Brigham’s ice cream. Owner Joe Baker, a onetime antiques dealer, also has a real soda fountain that serves up ice-cream sodas and lime Rickeys. If that doesn’t bring you back in time, the décor will—dark wood floors, stained-glass accents, wrought-iron tables with marble tops, and antique mirrors. Another great secret: the back lounge, with classic wingback chairs and couches to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. Arpie

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Brigham’s ice cream was begun in Newton Highlands by Edward Brigham, who made it in the back room of his store and sold it for five cents a cone and 20 cents for a sundae.

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