Dulce Vida Expanding to the Short North
Local ice cream shop Dulce Vida is rapidly expanding throughout Columbus. With two locations established since 2016, the authentic Mexican ice cream parlor will open a third in the Short North this fall.
“They wanted to expand. And we took them to breakfast one morning several months ago in the Short North. And the owner, she’s from Guadalajara, a rather large city in Mexico,” says Vince Fasone, a friend of Dulce Vida owner Linda Nuñez and executive director of food safety consulting company FAMAVI Food Safety. Fasone has helped Nuñez with training, and with translating for interviews. “[Nuñez] just felt at home with the diversity in the Short North and thought bringing an authentic Mexican ice cream shop to the area would be a good fit.”
Dulce Vida first opened at 4201 W. Broad St. in 2016, followed by a location off of Cleveland Avenue in 2018.
An exact address for their third location hasn’t been disclosed, but Fasone says Dulce Vida will take up about 1,700 square feet of space in a building on the north end of the Short North. There, they’ll offer their menu of ice creams and fruit-based treats, along with a hot menu of tamales, tortas, churros and more.
Fasone says Nuñez is still debating the hours of operations, and is considering opening earlier to offer coffees and Mexican pastries.
“We are very excited to be a part of the one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city,” says Nuñez, as translated by Fasone. “Thankfully we have experienced success with our current locations and decided it was time to introduce truly authentic artisan Mexican ice cream and paletas to this diverse and vibrant neighborhood.”
Barring any complications, Dulce Vida is aiming for an opening date in time for Mexican Independence Day, on Sept. 16.