Initially, around 1840, an icehouse strictly sold ice to help ships load their holds with ice to travel down the coast from Maine and into the Gulf of Mexico. They slowly evolved to sell the basic needs of the neighborhoods such as food, milk, and beer. The most popular item being the ice cold bottled beverages. An authentic icehouse is built to cater to the needs of its surrounding neighborhood, a place where locals could frequent regularly and feel like family. A Texas Ice House can be described as a cross between an open air saloon and convenient store.
The Forbing Ice House was originally the Forbing Post Office sitting within walking distance of a library, convenient store and barbeque stand. The owner, Dick Grieder, decided to name the restaurant after its original Shreveport area name “Forbing”. Like the original icehouses, Dick strives to make the Forbing Icehouse a family place where tradition and history fill the air. He enjoys seeing the revitalization of old properties transformed into today’s enjoyment with reference to past history. The Forbing Ice House is rooted in tradition, welcoming and offering everyone something cold to drink and tasty to eat.
The emblems you see in reference to the Forbing Ice House reflect history. Mr. Natural, designed by Robert Crumb, is a counter culture comic character from the 1960s. The railroad train crossing and stop signal are the original signs for Forbing Road/Flournoy Lucas intersection that marked the Forbing Post Office building.
Forbing Ice House ~ 9488 Forbing Road ~ Shreveport, LA 71106 ~ 318-208-8640