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Thursday, September 10, 2015

5 Ice Cream Chains Growing On West Coast

NATION’S RESTAURANT NEWS ONLINE — 5 Ice Cream Chains Growing On West Coast — by Lisa Jennings

Move over, Pinkberry: Ice cream is back in a big way.
Across the West Coast, a growing number of ice cream concepts are taking the stage in a year-round battle for frozen desserts.

The concepts range from traditional soft-serve cones with a touch of nostalgia, to scoops served with a splash of Willy Wonka pageantry. Some offer frozen-to-order freshness with the use of liquid nitrogen, while others invite guests to build their own combination of ice cream, warm cookies and toppings.

Catering is also becoming increasingly popular for ice cream concepts, most of which will bring their offerings to parties or events. Take a look at five emerging regional ice cream players.

Fosselman's Ice Cream Co.
Dog Haus
serves Fosselman's soft serve at its fast-casual restaurants. In August, Dog Haus, a fast-casual hot dog chain, announced a collaboration with Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co., an Alhambra, Calif.-based brand that was founded in 1919 and is known throughout Southern California.

Fosselman’s has just one shop, but it runs a brisk wholesale business. The brand is known primarily for its hard-packed ice cream. Enter Dog Haus, which last month added a new soft-serve ice cream developed by Fosselman’s to its nine restaurants in California and one unit in Colorado.

Going forward, all Dog Haus restaurants will also offer Fosselman’s soft serve, and will use the ice cream as a base for a new line of milk shakes.

Hagop Giragossian, a partner in Dog Haus, said the ice cream brand’s co-owner, John Fosselman, is a longtime friend. Ice cream goes well with chain’s hot-dog-centric menu, so it made sense to use the restaurant chain as a new outlet for Fosselman’s.

At Dog Haus, a Fosselman’s milkshake is priced at $4.99, and a cup or cone of ice cream is priced at $2.99. The chain is experimenting with exotic toppings. Another 12 Dog Haus locations are scheduled to open in California over the next six months, and it has 110 units in development. The chain expects to move into Texas, Arizona, Utah and Nevada.

“We’re looking forward to expanding our relationship with Dog Haus to bring our premium ice cream to our fans in an entirely different form than they’ve experienced before, while also reaching new audiences across the country. It’s an incredible opportunity to work with a growing brand that has so much hometown pride,” Fosselman said in a statement.