Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Coming to Plaza on Ponce

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The former site of Queen of Cream Atlanta at the Plaza on Ponce shopping center will reopen as the city’s eighth Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams location, according to building permits.

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“Jeni’s is continuing to expand in the South in 2021, with their most recent opening in Tampa and one slated for Atlanta,” said Jeni’s spokesperson Teagan Epley when pressed for an opening date by What Now Atlanta. “Opening dates are still to be determined.”

Renovations to the building at 702 Cleburne Terr. NE will cost approximately $150,000, according to building permits filed with the City of Atlanta, and will include new kitchen equipment, updated lighting fixtures, plumbing repairs and new service windows for the planned 500 square-foot take-out “scoop shop.”

Existing Jeni’s locations in Atlanta include sites in Buckhead Marketplace, Glenwood Park, Westside Provisions, Decatur Square, Krog Street Market, Avalon and The Battery.

Creamery founder Jeni Britton Bauer‘s book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that earned a James Beard award in 2012. The first location of Jeni’s opened in 2002 and has since opened locations in Tampa, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Nashville, Birmingham, Houston, Columbus, Cleveland, Chicago, Charlotte, Charleston and Washington D.C. 

“Our ice creams have a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish (we don’t use synthetic flavorings, dyes, or off-the-shelf mixes),” reads the creamery’s website. “You may notice the absence of a long list of stabilizers and emulsifiers on our label; we prefer the more complex process of building texture and flavor without them. Our flavors stand-alone straight from the pint or melt perfectly into a fruit pie, birthday cake, crumble, crisp, or cookie—the perfect accessory for your dessert.”

Christina Coulter

Christina Coulter is an eager journalist from Connecticut with dogged tenacity and the sensibilities of a small-town reporter. Before and after graduating from Marist College in 2017, Christina covered local news for a slew of publications in the Northeast, including The Wilton Bulletin, the Millbrook Independent, The Kingston Times, The New Paltz Times and the Rockland Times. For nearly four years before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christina was the lead reporter for The Saugerties Times, living and breathing the goings-on of the 20,000-strong Hudson Valley community. Christina weathered the pandemic in Atlanta, where she got a taste for the city's people and flavors. After a brief stint covering news in Connecticut and New York once more with The Daily Voice, Christina was taken on by What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles, where she aims to unweave the intricacies of both cities' bright restaurant communities.

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