With residue from a messy water main break only blocks away, today might not have been the most auspicious day to reopen a business that was displaced by fire. But after an absence of two-and-a-half years since the massive conflagration at Haight and Fillmore, Three Twins Ice Cream has finally reopened. Now you can get some Dad's Cardamom and Madagascar Vanilla without tracking down Carl the Three Twins ice cream truck, or having to go to the grocery store (or to Marin).
The filling-in of this scoop-shaped hole in the Lower Haight is most welcome, as it completes the final restoration of the building as it was in 2011. Having begun in San Rafael in 2005, Three Twins is practically antediluvian by organic ice cream standards, predating Bi-Rite Creamery's frozen treats division, Humphry Slocombe, and Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous.
In a demonstration of blatant-yet-creamy corruption, a representative from the mayor's office who just so happened to have gone to grade school with Three Twins founder Neal Gottlieb handed him a certificate of recognition. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on this nefarious collusion between the public and private sectors in case Three Twins wants tax breaks to build a huge new headquarters on Market Street. The brand is growing pretty quickly, after all.
Three Twins Ice Cream, 254 Fillmore, 487-8946.