One of Mountaintop’s newest businesses has a sweet spot for its customers. The Tasty Turtle frozen yogurt restaurant is located at the rear of the new Summit View Shopping Center at 59 S. Mountain Boulevard, which also includes Leaf & Ladle, Huntzinger Karate and H. R. Block. The restaurant is a colorful bright sunlit spot featuring a beach surfboard theme.
Tasty Turtle’s owners are Peter Steffen and Marcia Pippel, who have ventured into their entrepreneurial effort with months of preparation and long days before and after their opening in the spring. Peter is a seasoned restaurant kitchen manager, with previous positions at T. G. I. Fridays and Olive Garden in Wilkes Barre. He is a Certified Serve Safe Manager and has completed the Pennsylvania State Course.
The entrepreneurs purchased six yogurt machines for their restaurant, which each have 2 flavors. The twelve flavors currently offered include: Vanilla (fat free and sugar free), Chocolate, Mint, Death by Chocolate, Cinnamon Apple Pie, Cake Batter, Mango, Strawberry, Cookies ‘n Cream, NY Cheesecake, Cappuccino, and Kahlua. “We will change flavors as requested and are also planning seasonal flavors Cotton Candy and Pumpkin Pie.
Customers help themselves dispensing their yogurt choice from the six electronic machines choosing their flavors and quantity in three available cup sizes. Peter says that a good portion with a cost of $3 to $4 including toppings is average. Customers wanting more or less yogurt can choose for themselves with a larger or smaller cup. The finished yogurt dessert is weighed for payment.
Peter and Marcia are meticulous in keeping their equipment and their restaurant clean. “We take apart every machine and sanitize it every night,” explains Peter, who says the job takes him about 3 hours. In the morning each machine is re-assembled and loaded with pasteurized fresh yogurt product for the next day’s supply, a job that takes two hours.
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