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Notes: Outlandish new ‘Milkshake Bar’ opens in Old Town

Good Thursday morning, Alexandria!

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Milkshakes at The Crazy Mason (image via The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar Old Town Alexandria/Facebook)

A milkshake-focused restaurant focused on over-the-top toppings and combinations opened this past weekend in Old Town, Patch reported.

The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar opened over Labor Day weekend at 716 King Street. The main draw is the eclectic range of milkshakes and toppings, from Sour Patch Kids to sanding sugar. Patch reported the shakes are all $16.

The restaurant also features non-dairy shakes too, for fellow vegans in Alexandria.

The store is open 2-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, closing an hour later on Friday, Noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Image via The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar/Facebook

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