San Diego's Decades-Old Lighthouse Ice Cream Forced To Close In Ocean Beach Following Fire

November 27, 2023

Known for its hot waffle ice cream sandwich, Lighthouse Ice Cream has been forced to close in San Diego's Ocean Beach following a fire.

On the morning of Friday, November 24, Lighthouse Ice Cream on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach had an electrical fire. Although nobody was injured, the space incurred substantial smoke and water damage and two of the parlor's freezers melted in the blaze.

In June 1997, husband-and-wife Dick & Carol Ladiges opened Lighthouse Ice Cream only blocks from the Pacific in Ocean Beach. The ice cream business wasn't new to the husband-and-wife couple. Lighthouse scoop shop quickly became a dessert destination due to its more than 30 flavors of hard and soft serve ice cream, shakes, malts, sundaes, and the famous hot waffle ice cream special. 

Dick was the original owner of the Ocean Beach's Big Olaf Ice Cream, which he opened in October 1982 and was where he met his wife when she came in as a customer. Dick sold Big Olaf's in 1984 and he and Carol moved to southern Spain and completed an 18,000-mile bike tour through eight countries. Richard “Dick” Ladiges passed away on May 2, 2011, and Lighthouse is presently owned and operated by Carol.

Lighthouse Ice Cream hopes to open in early to mid December at 5059 Newport Avenue, Suite #102, in San Diego's Ocean Beach. For more information, visit