Special needs employee Sara "Happy" Waterman elbow bumps Texadelphia owner Tom Landis during an event for the Highland Park High School football team at Texadelphia in Dallas on Aug. 28, 2015. Landis' Howdy Homemade ice cream parlor recently opened.

Special needs employee Sara "Happy" Waterman elbow bumps Texadelphia owner Tom Landis during an event for the Highland Park High School football team at Texadelphia in Dallas on Aug. 28, 2015. Landis' Howdy Homemade ice cream parlor recently opened.

Rose Baca, The Dallas Morning News

Ice cream can be a sinful treat, but at Howdy Homemade you can know that the calories in that scoop will be outweighed by the good you are doing for the Dallas community. 

Howdy Homemade

The ice cream parlor, which opened Dec. 26, is owned by Tom Landis. He is also the owner of two Texadelphia restaurants. What sets Landis' businesses apart? He has been hiring adults with special needs as employees for four years to work in various roles at Texadelphia, but with Howdy Homemade he is taking it a step further.  

Dallas Morning News business columnist Cheryl Hall spoke with Landis in September about his plans to open Howdy Homemade. She reports that these employees will be front and center serving and preparing the custom ice cream and gourmet sandwiches.

"There are 232,000 adults in North Texas with special needs who need jobs," Landis told Hall in September. "I want to put together an example of what the restaurant industry could be doing on a bigger scale and show that it's not that difficult or science fiction."

Well, it is a reality now and you can get a look inside the store in this video posted on the Howdy Homemade Facebook

(h/t Eater on the opening)

What's Happening on GuideLive