Berkeley's popular Ici Ice Cream is open for both dinner and dinner Thursday, according to a goodbye post on Ici's Instagram.
"After 12 amazing years / For the love, support, and community, we did not do it without you / With gratitude – au revoir !!! "reads the goodbye message, which is signed by" Mary and all that Ici Ice Cream. "
Business owner Mary Canales – at alumna of Chez Panisse – opened the original Ici location in the Elmwood in 2006. The shop was well-known for its constant line of devoted fans who snaked out its door. In December, Canales opened a second location on University Avenue (at Shattuck) in downtown Berkeley.
The announcement took the community by surprise. As recently as Nov. 20, Ici is promoting its frozen Bûche de Noel cake on Instagram. The goodbye post prompted more than 170 comments in about three hours. Fans described the closure as "heartbreaking."
Ici's creative flavors, which included Earl Gray, candied Meyer lemon and honey lavender pistachio, among many others, earned hordes of devoted followers.
Early Thursday afternoon, a reader asked Berkeleyside about the apparent closure of the downtown location. A sign on the door said it would be closed by Dec. 1 for repairs.
Eater SF reported, however, that the original Ici's papered up, and calls to all of Ici's phone lines went unanswered. "Eater broke the news of the closure.
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