Big Olaf Siesta now open but nameless

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The historic Siesta Key ice cream parlor previously known as Big Olaf Creamery for 40 years has reopened on the heels of it being closed five days because of a CDC-reported link to listeria bacteria, but now the business is literally nameless.

Closed Sunday, July 3, the business underwent a “thorough cleaning,” manager Caitlin Bray reported, including the scrubbing of all surfaces and containers. Also, the commercial cleaning company JAN-PRO provided disinfectant services, Bray said, during the break in business.

The business re-opened Friday, July 8, but decided for now to no longer serve Big Olaf-brand ice cream. Instead, it is serving Yoder’s Southern Creamery ice cream, Bray said.

Furthermore, Bray said all references related to Big Olaf have been removed, including the main sign that hung outside the business.

“If we aren’t serving Big Olaf, we’re not allowed to use any of the branding,” Bray said. “So right now, we don’t have a name.”

Indeed, employees are currently answering the phone with “hello.”

The business is at 5208 Ocean Blvd. in Siesta Key’s Village.

The ice cream parlor at 5208 Ocean Blvd., as seen Monday afternoon. All references to it being called Big Olaf were removed in the wake of a listeria outbreak that health officials say is linked to the Sarasota-based ice cream company. (photo by Trebor Britt)



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