Food & Drink

Vegan gelato cart to open permanent store in Oak Park’s Broadway Triangle next year

Dairy-free mobile gelateria Conscious Creamery will open its first brick-and-mortar store in a new North Oak Park development next spring, its owners told The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday.

Conscious Creamery will open in a 320-square-foot unit at 34th Street and Broadway next to Arthur Henry’s Supper Club & Ruby Room, co-owner and chef Andrea Seppinni said. It’ll share the building constructed out of shipping containers with an undisclosed number of other businesses, and have an outdoor patio and central courtyard.

Seppinni and her husband Kevin have been working toward a permanent storefront since opening Conscious Creamery in 2016, she said. They’ve sold plant-based gelato scoops, bars and dessert tacos at farmers markets and private parties since, with flavors such as brown sugar brandied apricot and lemon fig lavender.

Conscious Creamery will scale back use of its push cart and “icicle tricycle,” but will continue to accept catering gigs. Products are available at several local restaurants and grocery stores or at the creamery headquarters (2150 Bell Ave., Suite 105).

“We want to be able to show our product in the best light and serve it the way it’s meant to be served, at the right temperature, so people can enjoy it at its very best. And the way to do that is to have a shop,” she said.

Conscious Creamery will join a rapidly changing part of North Oak Park as the historic neighborhood increasingly resembles midtown culturally. It will be a block away from KC Kombucha, which opened earlier this month with a plant-based menu, and the soon-to-open Faria Bakery’s naturally leavened bread.

Having a storefront will let Seppinni introduce and quickly go through small-batch or seasonal flavors, she said. Gelato bars and dessert tacos take about five days to be done.

“There’d be some specialty fruit or gelato that I wanted to make, but I didn’t have a way to get it out quickly. But now we have a venue,” Seppini said.

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Benjy Egel covers local restaurants and bars for The Sacramento Bee as well as general breaking news and investigative projects. A Sacramento native, he previously covered business for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.