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SMU grads grab Goff’s space for new chef-driven Dallas ice cream shop

SMU grads grab Goff’s space for new chef-driven Dallas ice cream shop

Baldo's ice cream
Ice cream shop will open across from SMU. Photo courtesy of Baldo's

A hot-hot address in University Park has a cool new tenant. The address is 6401 Hillcrest Ave., across from Southern Methodist University, and the building that was once home to Goff's Hamburgers.

In fall 2018, it will be home to Baldo's, a new ice cream shop from two graduates of SMU.

According to a release, it'll be a "hybrid-style" ice cream shop, with chef-inspired offerings including signature pairings, affogato creations, and even sorbet swimming in champagne.

They've already been in business as a catering ice cream cart and delivery service, and now they will have a storefront.

The address at 6401 Hillcrest Ave. is the former 1924 building that burned down in 2016 from a fire of unknown cause. Goff's moved to Mockingbird Lane and the building had to be razed.

The team behind Baldo's is the Tritex Group, a company based in Dallas, that's been researching and planning for the launch of its first entrepreneurial project for the past six months. Principals include Tyler Kleinert and Aldo Sandoval, formerly a pastry chef at Uchi/Uchiba.

They're absolutely no relation to Hector Cantú and Carlos Castellanos, the team who founded the Baldo comic strip back in 2000.

This Baldo's is named for a mythical character called Mr. Baldo, a whimsical, grandfatherly figure who has traveled the world, who serves as their logo and mascot.

Given their personal association with SMU, securing the Goff's space was a big win.

"SMU is home to so many incredible memories for us," Kleinert says in a release. "We wanted to create a space that encourages SMU students and Dallas families to build their own memories by spending quality time together in a fun atmosphere."

Sandoval first got his start in the Dallas culinary scene as a sous chef at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. An artist of many mediums, he channels his creativity by introducing savory flavors to classic ice creams.

Baldo's will also draw on Sandoval's experience by offering pastries and a secret Sunday brunch. Is it secret, though, if it's in a press release?

"Our flavors are unexpected and engaging," Sandoval says. "From salted butterbourbon to prickly pear jalapeno, we invite our guests on a culinary adventure. With our signature pairings, customers can feel free to explore various flavors outside their ice cream comfort zone."

Baldo's mobile push cart is frequently spotted at the Arboretum and Klyde Warren Park, and is available for rental.

"We love surprising guests at weddings and corporate catering events," Sandoval says. "It's the same nostalgia as when you hear the music from the ice cream truck. We couldn’t be more excited to create that experience for our customers."