Vienna Ice Cafe Opening Soon in Clintonville
The recent closure of Denise’s Ice Cream left a dessert-shaped hole in the Clintonville dining scene, but thankfully that absence didn’t last long. The owners of Mozart’s Bakery & Piano Cafe (located just up the street) are launching the Vienna Ice Café, a new ice cream shop that will open on July 1st.
“I viewed the store in March and immediately decided an ice cream franchise might be the best bet,” said Anand Saha, co-owner of Mozart’s Bakery. “However, I learned just how easy it would be to produce our own ice cream with the equipment in the old ice cream shop.”
Anand consulted with his wife and business partner Doris Saha and their Pastry Chef Lynn Perlenfein (both pictured below) and soon the concept for the Vienna Ice Café was born.
The new shop is being described as “creative and European, set in an family friendly ambiance” according to Anand, and will feature ice creams and gelatos inspired by Mozart’s tortes and pastries.
“Imagine a Champagne Strawberry Roulade in our Pastry Shop menu rolled with a vanilla bean ice-cream or Chai Roulade with Chai cinnamon ice-cream,” he explained. “What we have is unusual, unique and extremely creative.”
The Sahas took a risk when they first launched Mozart’s Bakery, but were insistent upon pursuing their dream of opening a pastry shop. 16 years later and their hard work has continued to pay off.
“Back then it was tough for us to get ingredients such as mascarpone or ricotta or many of the different nuts that we use on a daily basis,” said Anand.
The launch of The Vienna Ice Cafe is expected to go much more smoothly. The Sahas have hired ice cream consultant D.J. Kourie, an industry expert who previously worked for G.D Ritzy’s.
The team at Mozart’s have always been strong supporters of local philanthropic efforts and community giving. They donate holiday pastries to local food banks, support fundraisers for neighborhood schools and work with a wide variety of other local nonprofit organizations.
The Vienna Ice cafe will open its doors on July 1st. Their hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 10pm. They will be closed on Mondays. “For my own sanity,” added Anand.
More information can be found online at ViennaIceCafe.com.