History of Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab

Proprietor Greg Steinberger opened Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab in August 2003, in the location that Burnardo’z Candy Kitchen & Ice Cream Parlour had occupied since the mid 1980’s. Greg teamed up with Chuck Burns (who created the original Burnardo’z) and brought back all the quality and flavors that Burnardo’z made famous, plus a host of new and exciting flavors.

Chuck BurnsChuck Burns is a master ice cream maker, having created an instant local hit on July 3rd, 1976 when he first opened Burnardo’z Ice Cream Plant on the southeast corner of Branch & Bridge Street in the Historic Village of Arroyo Grande. The original Burnardo’z featured ice creams made right on the premises.

Word spread rapidly of the fabulous ice cream served in the modest corner shop. A great deal of their success was attributed to Burns’ “secret recipes” as well as his firm commitment to use only the very best ingredients. Burns participated in daily operations until 1986, by which time his creamy creations had become world famous.

Now Greg Steinberger carries on the tradition of hand-crafting super-premium ice creams in a nostalgic turn-of-the-century parlour setting. From traditional favorites like Mint Chip and Mexican Chocolate to the new unique outrageous flavores like Elvis’ Special you are sure to enjoy the many treats that await you at Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab!

Original location of Burnardo’z Ice Cream Plant, brainchild of Chuck Burns and Art Cardoza. (circa 1976)