The first Hot Licks opened in February of 1986. Located in Fairbanks, just down the hill from the University of Alaska, Hot Licks quickly became a popular local attraction offering the finest from the four basic food groups: Soup, Bread, Ice Cream, and Coffee. The menu featured two made from scratch soups daily, fresh baked bread, cinnamon rolls, croissants, and muffins, a full espresso bar, and, of course, a complete old fashioned soda fountain menu. All ice cream was made on the premises in a forty-quart batch freezer.
Eleven years later, in May of 1997, a major change took place. The owners decided to discontinue soups, sandwiches and baked goods. They built a 20’ by 20’ ice cream shop with walk up window service. Seating is outdoors in a park like setting. There are picnic tables, benches, and an adjacent 20’ by 20’ pavilion. Operation is seasonal from May through September.