Tastee Freez restaurant turned 60 years old Saturday. The store was Alaska's first franchise from the Lower 48, opening a year before statehood. 

As part of the big birthday celebration, the restaurant offered 15-cent cones while customers enjoyed games and prizes.

Tastee freeze also had 60-cent tacos, burritos and nachos for Cinco de Mayo.

Gov. Bill Walker, Alaska's congressional delegation, and Anchorage politicians turned out to celebrate Tastee Freez throughout the day.


But owner, Rich Owens, says it's the community and history that made the day most special.

"With all the kids that have come in here over the years, I now have children of kids that I employed 24 or 25 years ago, I now have their kids here working for me, and that's kind of a testament to how the community works," said Owens. 

According to Owens, the Jewel Lake store is the largest and best-selling Tastee Freez in the nation.

The restaurant sold about 1,500 ice cream cones Saturday. 

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