Generations of Savannahians have loved Leopold’s ice cream. During the early years, food service was added and Savannah began enjoying tasty treats such as hamburgers, baby clubs, and pimento cheese sandwiches. The soda fountain business was legendary. Everyone remembers the fabulous malts, milk shakes, black and white sodas, banana splits and many more. Famed lyricist Johnny Mercer grew up a block away from Leopold’s and was a faithful customer when he was home from Hollywood. He even told Peter he would write a song about Leopold’s famous “Tutti-Frutti” ice cream, which had become a Leopold’s hallmark and Savannah’s favorite. Leopold’s ice cream and sherbet molds were a holiday highlight in Savannah’s finest clubs. Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlor was always a popular destination after concerts, dances, and football games.
Though Stratton left Savannah to pursue his Hollywood dream, Leopold’s Ice Cream continued to be a Savannah tradition carried on by other members of the Leopold family. In the summer of 2004, Stratton and Mary officially opened the new Broughton Street location. They continue their legendary family business proudly using many fixtures from the original store including the black marble soda fountain, wooden back bar and telephone booth. Leopold’s Ice Cream is hand-crafted in historic downtown Savannah using the original, secret recipes and techniques handed down to Stratton by his father.