Smitten Ice Cream has opened its fifth Bay Area location in Pacific Heights, delivering sweet, flash-frozen treats just in time for the first day of summer.
The petite 900 square-foot shop, which takes over the former CopyNet space directly next to Pizzeria Delfina, offers six of Smitten's patented BrrrTm machines to churn up creamy, fresh ice cream on demand. Designed by Brooklyn-based Hecho, the small space has a distinctly nostalgic theme, including lights made of old milk crates and benches crafted out of Radio Flyer® wagons (the same models that owner Robyn Sue Fisher used to sell her first scoops on the streets of San Francisco) . And in a tribute to Smitten's origins, the ice cream bar is built of corrugated metal to evoke images of t company's first (and still wildly popular) shop in a shipping container in Hayes Valley.
For opening weekend, they're putting their churners to the test by offering free ice cream to fathers all day on Father's Day (June 21). And since it's also the first day of summer, the first 100 people to hit up the new store on Sunday will snag their own free cone, offspring not required.
Check out their menu of flavors for launch, which includes the seasonal strawberry white balsamic and old favorites Blue Bottle espresso, fresh mint chip, TCHO 60.5% chocolate and classic vanilla. The new store is open 12 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.