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It Looks Like Cult-Favorite Scoop Shop Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Will Expand to Houston

Permits have been filed for an outpost in the Heights

Scoops of pink sorbet in a white bowl
Sweet scoops await at Jeni’s
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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, an Ohio-born chain that’s cultivated a cult following for its creamy frozen confections, will expand to Houston.

Construction permits filed with Harris County indicate that Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will take over the space at 275 West 19th Street in the Heights, currently occupied by Carter & Cooley Company Delicatessen. According to the Leader, Carter & Cooley is set to close its doors this weekend after 30 years in the neighborhood because owner Neil Sackheim is retiring. A job posting in search of a “shopkeeper” for the Houston outpost indicates that the role is no longer accepting applications, which could mean that Jeni’s debut will come sooner rather than later.

For those who have somehow managed to avoid the ubiquitous pints of Jeni’s in their grocery stores, the shop was founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2002 by Jeni Britton Bauer, a James Beard Award winner. The original scoop shop has since expanded to more than 30 locations throughout the country, including outposts in Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. When it arrives in Houston, look forward to ice creams in flavors like brambleberry crisp, dairy-free Texas sheet cake, and lemon buttermilk.

No word yet on when Jeni’s will open in Houston. When reached for comment, a representative declined to provide further details.