Ice Cream News
New York's Van Leeuwen Ice Cream opens new shop in chichi Dallas center
Dallas is getting another scoop of top-notch ice cream: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, the small-but-growing ice cream shop chain from New York, is opening a location in the Inwood Village shopping center at 5450 W Lovers Ln. #130 in the former Gigi's Cupcakes space.
According to a release, it'll open on February 9.
“Texas has been so good to Van Leeuwen, so we are excited to open a brand new store in Dallas/Fort Worth,” says co-founder and CEO Ben Van Leeuwen in a statement.
Van Leeuwen started out as a scoop truck, founded in 2008 by Ben Van Leeuwen, Pete Van Leeuwen, and Laura O’Neill, whose French-style ice cream, with more than double the amount of egg yolks as standard ice cream, earned them notice.
They've since expanded, with 39 shops in New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Connecticut, and Texas. Pints and ice cream bars are available in grocery stores across the U.S., including Sprouts, Walmart and HEB, and to order for nationwide shipping from their website.
At their shops, they do scoops, milkshakes, ice cream cookie sandwiches, root beer floats, sundaes, and pints to-go.
Flavors are inventive, such as Honeycomb, Praline Butter Cake, Cookies & Cream, and Vegan Churros & Fudge.
They also go above and beyond in sourcing ingredients such as its pistachios from Mount Etna in Italy, berries from Oregon farm-partner Stahlbush Island Farms, tea from the Yunnan province of China for their Earl Grey Tea flavor, and Texas pecans for their Praline Butter Cake.
One other difference-maker has been their vegan/dairy-free options, with not only a wide range of flavors like Churros & Fudge, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Peanut Butter Brownie Honeycomb, but also the creamy texture of the ice cream itself - superior to most dairy-free ice creams.
Inwood Village is their third DFW location, joining West Village in Dallas and WestBend in Fort Worth. They also have three locations in Houston.
True to form, they'll open with a splash: The first 100 customers get a limited-edition Dallas Van Leeuwen tote bag, and the shop will offer $1 scoops from 3-5 pm