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Tacos & Cones Now Open on Main Street in Pawling: The shop will have a walk-up window and outdoor picnic tables where the community can gather.

Jun 29, 2018 01:31AM

Ben Christgau

Two of America’s favorite foods are being served from one storefront at Tacos & Cones, now open at 9 East Main Street in Pawling. Local business owner Ben Christgau came up with the concept when he was enjoying a night off with his 8-year-old daughter. “I love tacos and she loves ice cream, so we decided to open another family business that would be fun for both of us,” he says. The shop will have a walk-up window and outdoor picnic tables where the community can gather.

Tacos & Cones serves Mexican street tacos made with gluten-free corn tortillas, fresh salsa, cilantro and chicken, pork, steak or veggies. Other savory offerings include salads and house-made guacamole. Ice cream offerings include a hard style from Perry’s and an all-natural soft serve from Gillette Creamery. Both companies are based in New York. The house special will be the nacho cone, ice cream served in a taco-shell-shaped waffle cone. Tacos & Cones will be a peanut-free environment, and there will be several gluten-free options on the menu.

Christgau says he likes the idea of offering “healthy, affordable fun food,” while his daughter is just excited that Pawling now has an ice cream shop. A strong advocate for local business, Christgau will source his produce from Hudson Valley farms and Peterson’s Nursery, in Patterson, and has partnered with a neighboring business, the Imperial Castle Toy Shop, for a customer loyalty program.

Tacos & Cones is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.