Jackie Heise of West Bend smiles as her 16-year-old son,
Vonn, puts his arm around her while talking with
customer Bob Lynn on Tuesday morning at Toucan Frozen
Custard in West Bend. The Moehr family, who has operated
the custard shop for more than 27 years, will be
stepping away. Saturday is the last day the three
generations will be working at Toucan Frozen Custard.
Lynn was one of the first customers after the Moehr
family took over the business in 1990.
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After more than 27 years of operating Toucan Frozen
Custard in West Bend, the Moehr family is passing the
ice cream scooper to new owners.
family has a few days left of operating the frozen
custard and burger restaurant before it closes for about
a week as the new owners get settled in.
Jackie Heise said it was just time, and that “My mom
(Deb Moehr) would like to retire.”
bought the business with Allen Moehr, who passed away
Dec. 23. Allen had to stop working at the restaurant
more than nine years ago.
Heise said that along with Becky Moehr-Lambrecht and
Beth Moehr, the sisters have worked there in some
capacity since they were teenagers. Since their father
stopped working there, they’ve been there seven days a
week and a third generation of the family has joined in
on the work.
that they’re moving on, Heise is renting a chair to do
nails; Beth is, for now, looking at something outside of
the food industry; and Moehr-Lambrecht is going back to
said, “I’m not going to do anything for awhile,” about
her time after Toucan. She explained she might clean her
house and babysit her new grandkids.
Debra Moehr takes a phone
call in the back Tuesday morning at Toucan Frozen
Custard in West Bend. The Moehr family that has operated
the custard shop for more than 20 years will be stepping
away. Saturday is the last day the three generations
will be working at Toucan Frozen Custard.
John Ehlke/Daily News
Before she completely walks away, she’ll be helping the
new owners get their bearings. But when she is gone, she
will miss seeing the customers, many of whom have been
coming back since the beginning.
“They’re our friends now, too,” Jackie said.
said she’ll also miss working with the kids, something
she finds rewarding.
Saturday, they’ll close the doors of the business to
clean up and remove their personal items before the new
owners take over at the end of the month.
new owners are Suleiman and Issa Bashabsheh. They plan
to lower prices, add debit and credit capabilities, and
expand the kitchen and dining area. Along with this will
come some additions to the menu like pizza, wings and
gyros, among other speciality items. By spring they
expect to add a delivery service to the restaurant.
selected Toucan because they liked the layout of the
business and the frozen custard. The Moehr family has
even been training the new owners and has already shown
them the frozen custard-making process.
Suleiman’s wife Jackie said, “For the most part,
everything will be the same.”
Clearing the table at