New owner says Danville’s Custard Cup has a special place in his heart

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DANVILLE — Andrew Seibert has a long history with Custard Cup in Danville, and he’s soon going to become the proud new owner of the iconic ice cream stand he loves.

Seibert, of Rogers Park, grew up in Danville and worked at Custard Cup when he was in high school. He’s thrilled to have been the winning bidder — at $250,000 — when Custard Cup was sold at auction last week.

“Ever since I first put on the gold apron 25 years ago, the Cup has always held a special place in my heart. When the news broke last month that it was to be sold, the lemon custard-loving kid in me felt called to ensure that it was preserved for generations to come,” he said. “Never in a million years did I think I would actually have the winning bid.”

Seibert said he wanted to keep his identity as the winning bidder quiet until Custard Cup closed for the season Saturday night, but he made it public with a Facebook post on Sunday.

The 43-year-old is the operations manager for Evanston-based Connections for the Homeless.

He grew up the son of a small-business owner; his dad, Roger, operated Omni Kolor of Danville, an automotive paint store, for 28 years.

He got a degree in social work from University of Indianapolis, and in the pre-pandemic years worked in event fundraising for nonprofit organizations, he said.

Seibert said the sale of Custard Cup will close at the end of November. Meanwhile, he’ll be working out details, such as whether he’ll relocate back to Danville.

He plans to reopen for the 2024 season March 15, “with many of the same friendly faces behind the window and all your treasured flavors and treats,” he said in his Facebook post.

He’ll be focusing initially on getting Custard Cup ready to reopen in March, Seibert said, and he hopes to keep as many of the current employees as possible.

His first year as the owner will also be Custard Cup’s 75th anniversary, he said.

How that anniversary will be celebrated, he said, he hasn’t had time to consider yet, but “there will definitely be some sort of anniversary celebration.”

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