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Iron Rooster owners open ice cream, snowball shack in Canton

Iron Rooster's owners have opened DJ's Ice House, an ice cream and snowball stand adjacent to their Canton restaurant.
Iron Rooster's owners have opened DJ's Ice House, an ice cream and snowball stand adjacent to their Canton restaurant.(Courtesy of Kyle Algaze)

The owners of Iron Rooster have opened an ice cream and snowball stand adjacent to the all-day breakfast restaurant's Canton location.

DJ's Ice House opened quietly two weeks ago in a small structure at Canton Crossing near the Iron Rooster building. The space was previously home to Farmstead Shack and Falafelicious.

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DJ's carries 17 snowball flavors and 10 varieties of ice cream from Pennsylvania-based Trickling Springs Creamery.

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille and next door neighbor Piaza at McHenry Row are closing their doors to make way for Iron Rooster.

"We are doing the old-fashioned, Maryland's-own snowball," owner Kyle Algaze said, noting the shack offers flavors like egg custard and tiger's blood. "I'm from Florida, so having no real interaction with a snowball stand, this was a fun interaction to get into what the community likes."

The stand is open from noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Algaze expects to open it every day next summer.

Prices range from about $2-$4.

Recently, I told a friend in Canton my plans to check out the all-day breakfast spot Iron Rooster.

Algaze took over the shack at the same time he opened Iron Rooster in Canton. He first considered opening a hamburger stand there, he said, but frozen dessert became a better option when the shack wasn't outfitted with the equipment for a hamburger stand.

"It's authentic and it's also approachable," he said.

In addition to Canton, Iron Rooster has locations in Annapolis and Hunt Valley, with another set to open at McHenry Row in Locust Point by the end of August.

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