The "AM NY" newspaper today announced that this was almost the last Jahn's left. It served its last meal on Thanksgiving this year after 70 years of business.
The article mentioned that the Richnmond Hill Historical Society was trying to get the place preserved "It was really, really an institution" says Nancy Cataldi, the president. (we know that here on Roadfood, right?)
Nick Moukas, who runs the olny remaining Jahn's (in Jackson Heights) says that the #1 revenue is from food now, since Ben & Jerry's, B&R's, and Cold Stone have take the franchise for store bought ice cream (so no one goes to an "ice cream parlor" anymore to sit down and chow down, just "fast-food ice cream", He also claims that most ice cream is bought in a supermarket.
The article says that Jahn's once has outlets in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island and Florida, and that most Jahn's were strategically located next to movie theatres. "25 or 30 yrs. ago, on your first date, you'd go to the movies and get ice cream"..."If you speak to anyone in their 50's or 60's who grew up in Queens or Bklyn and ask them about Jahn's , they's get a smaile on their face and tell you about it...they's day "I had my first birthday there"