There are many great places to get ice cream in Cleveland, however none of them are Downtown and, for me personally, none of them are Jeni’s Ice Cream. Out of Columbus, Jeni’s is gaining a national reputation as a premier provider of fresh, local, and scrumptious ice cream. If you’ve never been to Columbus, you may recognize this flavorful treat from Jonathan Sawyer’s restaurants here in Cleveland. Let me be frank – you will probably never have better ice cream (I’m biased, I know) and that is why whenever I travel to Columbus for work, I come back with multiple pints, dry ice, and a large grin.
To say the least I was happily stunned when I heard that they are exploring a store in Cleveland. Actually, there is currently a discussion on their Facebook Fan Page about where that location could be.
I’ve begun an email campaign to let Jeni’s Ice Cream know that they belong Downtown and in the city of Cleveland, not in the far suburbs! (To be honest, I don’t even know where Eton, where some are suggesting, is) Below you’ll find a similar email to one that I sent out that you can pass along to Jeni’s if you want the best ice cream to come Downtown and to Cleveland – please pass this along and let our voices and stomachs be heard!
I, like many Clevelanders, am very excited that you are potentially opening a store in Cleveland and are currently searching for a location. I think it would be unwise to choose any storefront that is not in the heart of the city.
Downtown Cleveland has over one-hundred ten-thousand daily workers, over ten-thousand residents, and the millions of visitors who play in the city at Playhouse Square, our sporting events, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and our great entertainment districts. There is no where else in the state of Ohio with that density, walkability, and access. Both the Warehouse District and Gateway that includes East Fourth Street (with Jonathan Sawyer and Michael Symon’s restaurants) are twenty-four-seven neighborhoods that continue to grow with residents and ground floor retail/restaurant options.
Alternatively, Cleveland has many great neighborhoods where Jeni’s could be a great fit and I encourage you to explore them all including Ohio City (with the West Side Market) and Detroit Shoreway (the Gordon Square Arts District) on the west side and University Circle (with CWRU, the museums, and hospitals) and Shaker Square/Larchmere on the east side just to name a few.
There is a great amount of energy and life in Cleveland, and it emanates from the core of the city. Just like other great restaurateurs, innovators, and developers, I believe that Jeni’s belongs in the city. With your emphasis on local foods and success in urban places like the Short North, you have a perfect fit in Downtown and the neighborhoods of Cleveland.
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