When we travel by a pink-framed doors of Pretty Cool Ice Cream, opening Friday in Logan Square, you’ll find a menu of scarcely 50 flavors, from vanilla to black hiss buttermilk and even a definitely Upper Midwestern Blue Moon, though we won’t find a singular scoop.
“Pretty Cool Ice Cream is a newness shop,” pronounced cook and owners Dana Salls Cree, former Publican code executive fritter cook and author of “Hello, My Name Is Ice Cream: The Art and Science of a Scoop.”
As if starting a new association and building out a emporium were not enough, she married Quiote grill cook and owners Dan Salls progressing this year and they’re awaiting a baby in November.
Salls Cree and co-owner Michael Ciapciak, owners of Bang Bang Pie Biscuits, announced a ice cream association and flagship storefront behind in January. Since then, they’ve remade a lifeless area U.S. Post Office apparatus into a visually impediment succulent art destination.
“People are awaiting me to move a recipes from my cookbook to life, though we’re not doing that with this project,” Salls Cree said. “We’re starting a newness company, that is anything done with ice cream that we would find on an ice cream truck. So this is some-more like an indoor lorry than it is a drop shop.”
“It’s indeed not a drop emporium during all. There are no scoops,” Salls Cree said. “We are starting a product line with all on a stick.”
Each of those wooden sticks is custom-printed colorfully with a Pretty Cool trademark to reason adult housemade, rarely Instagrammable, solidified creations.
“Our opening menu will have a lot of ice cream bars, classical ones like vanilla dipped in chocolate and afterwards some some-more engaging versions in that family. Think peanut butter ice cream dipped in chocolate that has crushed-up potato chips in it instead of almonds,” she added.
These custard bars, all dipped in chocolate, also embody Ricky’s Coffee Pretzel Toffee, one of Salls Cree’s signature flavors, a recipe that indeed is from her book.
“We have something we’re job a Party Pop,” she added. “We were job it a Cree-sicle, though unfortunately that’s a small too tighten to a copyright product. It’s cream cheese ice cream dipped in a fruit-flavored Magic Shell with sprinkles on it.” Salls Cree and her group make their possess magically hardening white chocolate bombard drop in opposite colors and flavors.
Truck Pops, desirous by Popsicle lorry menus, embody a “red, white and blue” season though also harmony grape, green cherry and others.
Prices will operation from $1 to $5.
“I’m unequivocally supportive to prices being accessible,” pronounced Salls Cree, a James Beard Award-nominated chef. “The biggest reason I’m removing into ice cream out of excellent dining is since we unequivocally disliked not being means to share what we do with everybody.
“I wouldn’t have been means to share it with myself flourishing up.”
Kid-friendly decisions are partial of a shop’s design.
“One of a things that was unequivocally critical for me was creation a emporium kid-friendly, as someone who’s carrying their initial child right now. Michael has 4 of his own, and a designer and pattern group has two,” pronounced Salls Cree.
“A lot of a touches in a emporium have been to make it mouth-watering to children but branch it into a playground. The steer line of a cases are low adequate for small eyes,” she added. “We built this stadium-style seating we prognosticate kids climbing adult and down. We put a window into a prolongation area with a edge that kids can stand adult on and watch.”
There’s a handwashing hire and celebration fountain outward of a bathrooms. The dual bathrooms have doors noted simply, one with a cone and a other an ice cream pop. Inside both you’ll find changing tables with diaper pails, and diapers in box someone forgets one, pronounced Salls Cree.
“We have an whole line of mini bars called Pony Pops that are for smaller appetites,” she added.
Also demeanour for plant pops, that are plant milk-based bars; buttermilk bars done with fruit sherbet; shakes, any dual bars or pops blended; floats, any cocktail upside down in a crater of soda; sundaes, any bar surfaced with fudge, sprinkles, churned cream and a cherry; cocktail dips, 6 flavors from fudge to packet creme; and soothing drinks, including iced coffee and iced tea.
Plus there will be Pupsicles, dog-friendly ice cream taste-tested by Salls Cree’s corgi Eleanore.
Ice cream sandwiches and other novelties will be combined in entrance months.
The Pretty Cool Ice Cream grand opening starts Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., credit cards supposed with no minimum.
Super fans, if we only can’t wait, Salls Cree will offer Pretty Cool banana separate pops on Tuesday during a Chicago Tribune Food Bowl launch celebration during Gibson’s Italia, where she will be featured alongside other chefs ($95, 21 and over).
Pretty Cool Ice Cream, 2353 N. California Ave., (phone series approaching early this week), www.prettycoolicecream.com