Indianapolis may get legendary ice cream shop

July 3, 2013 by  

Cincinnati-based Graeter’s ice cream, which is reportedly the favorite of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman, and Chef Bobby Flay, may be opening its only Indianapolis, Indiana, location soon.

The company is believed to be considering leasing space on North Illinois Street, taking over premises recently vacated by Lilly Lane and Seattle Sutton’s. The ice cream shop would move into vacant storefronts located next to Sue and Ernie Kobets’s establishment, known as the Illinois Street Food Emporium.

The Kobets are also part owners of the building that houses their store, and are excited by the idea that the popular ice cream company might be leasing space there. Sue Kobets noted that the space was occupied by a liquor store when they first moved in, and she thinks an ice cream shop would be much more fun – especially this particular brand of ice cream.

Graeter’s, which has been around since 1870, is still made the same way it was when the company was founded. It makes only two gallons in each batch, using what’s called the ‘French pot method’, in which ingredients are poured into a chilled, spinning pot and then scraped from its sides. This results in a much denser, creamier product that has won it legions of fans.

The last issue that might still hold up the move is parking, but Jeremy Stewart, president of the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, said he did not think it would derail matters.

Graeter’s could use brochure and flyer printing services to create a mailer announcing the new store, and listing flavors and products.