Graeter’s coming to Indianapolis

February 7, 2014 by  

Graeter’s ice cream, which is based in Cincinnati and is famous for its gourmet flavors such as toffee chocolate chip, is set to open its first Indianapolis store.

Graeter’s new site is in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, at 5560 North Illinois Street, and will welcome its first customers on February 10 – just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The company makes its ice cream by hand, and has approximately 40 stores in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, though its reputation is nationwide. Its Indiana locations are Elizabeth and New Albany, and Indianapolis joins them. The chain, which was founded in 1870, is family-owned, and is now in the hands of the fourth generation. It is proud of the fact it has been making ice cream the same way for 140 years, combining pure cane sugar and heavy cream in a process known as the “French pot”. The process makes only two gallons.

Though famous for its ice cream, Graeter’s also makes sorbet and gelato. Taking on board suggestions from customers, Elena’s Blueberry Pie ice cream is the creation of one of the chain’s most loyal customers, and is named for her. Many of the locations also feature a bakery, but unfortunately one is not planned for Indianapolis.

Grater’s could work with a banner printing company to create a colorful flag to celebrate the opening.