Published: 08:16, 12 June 2021
| Updated: 08:18, 12 June 2021
The "world's smallest ice cream parlour" is set to open in a renovated phone box in a Kent seaside town.
New frozen treat business Ring Ring Ice Cream will be launching in the unusual premises outside The Royal Victoria Pavilion Wetherspoon on Ramsgate seafront on June 22.
Owner Danny Montila, 40, bought the two iconic red phone boxes that sit outside the Spoons at auction, and has since refurbished them.
He is now hoping to give one a new lease of life by opening it as a quirky ice cream shop.
Mr Montila says the space is "tight", but promises the desserts on offer will be "larger than life" and fit for Instagram, with "fun" ingredients and decorations such as candy floss.
"It's like the smallest ice cream parlour, with the biggest ice creams you can get," he said.
"They're going to be similar to 'freak shakes' - we've got the menu, but that's a bit of a secret until it opens."
"When the phone rings on loudspeaker, everybody in the queue gets a free ice cream..."
The ice creams, which will cost about £4 each, will be served just outside the phone box where a small table will hold a candy floss machine.
"It's going to be possibly the world's smallest ice cram parlour," said Mr Montila. "It's going to be really fun and wacky and cool."
Free ice creams will also be up for grabs.
"Every day during the six-week summer holidays the phone will ring," explained Danny. "And when the phone rings on loudspeaker, everybody in the queue gets a free ice cream. It's going to be really fun."
"It's a weather-dependent place," he added. "If the sun is shining, we'll be serving ice creams."
Mr Montila says he is looking to take on staff "with a bit of flair" to help create and serve the ice creams.
"We are looking to take someone on who can fit in with the whole theatre of this world's smallest ice cream parlour," he said.
He added that he is also keen to hear from anyone "with a bit of vision", who is interested in launching their own business in the neighbouring, vacant phone box.
Mr Montila moved to Broadstairs with his wife and two children in 2017, looking for a "nice, peaceful life by the sea".
But fed-up with driving back and forth to work at his building company in south-east London, Mr Montila decided to launch his own quirky ice cream business in "up-and-coming" Thanet.
"I just felt like I needed to have a bit of a rebirth and a rethink and get into something new," he said.
"So I made the decision to just stop what I was doing, and take the leap.
"It was a bit of inspiration - I met somebody down here and they were just nice and chilled while I was rushing around, caught up in that crazy old world.
"I thought well actually, you can do anything you want to do in life. You've just got to decide what it is you want to do, and go for it.
"We've always done what we enjoyed in previous careers - we've run bars and clubs and restaurants and we've always enjoyed it, and I think that's important.
"If you do what you enjoy and you make it fun, it becomes not like work."
If you are interested in applying for a job at Ring Ring or in renting the vacant phone box, contact Mr Montila at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the ice cream parlour on Instagram at @ringringicecream.