Story by John Lynds Revere Journal 1-13-2021
Banana Boat will not reopen after 43 memorable years at Revere Beach
Revere residents woke to the shocking news Tuesday morning that the legendary Banana Boat Ice Cream on Revere Beach, known for its soft serve ice cream cones and banana split sundaes over the past four decades, will close for good.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have made the tough decision to close Banana Boat Ice Cream,” said owners Amora and Avri Schena in a statement Tuesday. “Words will never be enough to express our gratitude to our family, hard-working employees, dedicated customers, suppliers, and each person who has supported us over the years.”
American Flags hanging atop the building represent family members who have served in our nations military
According to Amora and Avri, the Banana Boat property was founded in 1977 by Tony and Ann Schena along with Bobby and Maureen Fanara as an investment property when the two couples heard a casino was coming to Revere Beach.
When that didn’t pan out Ann and Tony decided to hang on to the property and open up an ice cream shop.
“Banana Boat, as you know it, was established that summer,” said the Schenas. “Ann Schena thoughtfully painted the store blue and white to represent the ocean and Tony Schena built it like a fortress which has proven resilient through major storms like the Blizzard of ‘78 and other unforeseen challenges like COVID-19. The flags that hang atop the building and off the back of the Banana Boat represent the generations of family who have served. The last 43 years has truly been a family effort using each member’s strengths to get the store up in running each summer.”
The Schenas also paid special tribute to all the loyal customers that visited the Banana Boat each summer for over four decades as well as their staff and the community at large.