Friday Sep 11 2009
Fro-Yo fever hits Downtown
By: Paul Cambra Journal staff writer
Tango offers frozen yogurt with all the yummy trimmings
For the rookies out there, here’s the drill. Grab a cup and fill it with yogurt. More than one flavor is fine, just be sure you save room for the goodies. Fresh fruit, brownie bites, crumbled candy, all of the above – that part’s up to you. Then plop it on the scale and get ready for one of the tastiest treats 40-cents-an-ounce can buy. Welcome to the world of self-serve frozen yogurt, or “Fro-Yo” as it’s known among veteran swirlers. Now, it’s available right here in Auburn on Lincoln Way in the newly opened Tango Frozen Yogurt. “I’ve always loved frozen yogurt and I’ve always wanted to own my own business,” said owner Lisa Swisley. “When I was doing the ‘Biggest Loser’ last year (she came in second) the trainer asked where the yogurt shop in town was.” Swisley saw a need and decided to fill it. “I love Auburn and I wanted to participate in making it a better place,” Swisley said. “I want this to be somewhere fun you can bring your family.” With dual yogurt machines churning out just two flavors each, choosing the day’s varieties can be a challenge. Until her third machine arrives, Swisley has had to alternate her sugar-free and non-dairy options, while making the ever-popular vanilla bean a mainstay. “I try to have something different each day, and you can go to twitter.com/tangofroyo to see what we’re serving,” Swisley said. Located in the heart of the Lincoln Way Streetscape project, the shop will one day have outdoor seating. “I was walking by before it opened and I thought ‘Wow that’s going to be great,’” said city councilwoman Bridget Powers. “I can imagine people sitting on the bench, having a yogurt. In wintertime we’ll have our live Christmas tree, and a fire pit. I’d like to see something similar to that in the site of the former Irish pub as well.” For now, Tango will have to make do with a handful of tables inside and the soon-to-be-completed loft seating upstairs. The shop also sells sandwiches and salads from Brown Bag Catering, and has become a popular spot during the high school lunch break. Leslie Duran of Auburn works across the street at Wells Fargo and has been anticipating the opening. “I’ve been seeing the sign and was eager to try it,” Duran said as she built herself a triple chocolate/vanilla bean blend topped with raspberry and chocolate sauce. “It’s a cool place, nice and clean with a bright atmosphere,” she added. Swisley appreciates customer feedback, and wants to know not only what they like best but also what they want to see added. Her choice of 30 toppings will soon grow to more than 50, and while sour worms may be the favorite grade-school garnish, everyone’s free to tweet their treat requests. She’ll post people’s combos, then pick one each week and give the winner a free yogurt. Her own favorite concoction? Espresso yogurt with brownie bites (from Paula’s Bake Shop down the street), almonds, chocolate chips and a drizzle of caramel. “It tastes like a mud pie,” she said. Now that sounds like something a grade-schooler might enjoy. Paul Cambra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. ------------------------------------ Tango Frozen Yogurt Where: 940 Lincoln Way Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Phone: 888-0455 Info: twitter.com/tangofroyo for the flavors of the day INSIDER INFO Punch card: Buy 10; get a free 10 oz. Fro-Yo Pajama night: 7 to 11 p.m. every third Saturday. Come in your PJs, buy one Fro-Yo and get half-off on your second.