La La Homemade Ice Cream is slated to open in August on Hennepin Avenue, where staff in white aprons will scoop from buckets of super-premium, naturally-flavored ice cream. La La is opening at 3146 Hennepin Ave. in the former Shoe Zoo space.
“It will have the overall feel of nostalgia for ice cream parlors and soda fountains,” said owner Jennifer Lisburg.
Vintage leaded glass will lend a turn-of-the-century vibe to the shop, which will feature a soda fountain serving root beer floats and sodas done with a variety of house-made syrups. Stools will provide window seating at white marble counters.
Lisburg is relocating her business to Minneapolis from Fertile, Minn., where she ran a café since 2008.
“I’ve been in restaurants my whole life,” she said.
Her first job involved scooping cones at a farmers market in New Jersey, and she’s since worked at restaurants including The Loring Bar and Cafe.
Lisburg opened the original La La at 48th & Chicago in 1993. She moved north to Fertile in 2001 and served her ice cream at farmers markets and fairs, working in the winter months as a substitute teacher, grocery store worker, and emergency medical technician. She devoted all of her time to the café in Fertile for eight years before deciding to close down and open a new shop in Minneapolis, where she expects customers will appreciate the natural ingredients as much as she does.
She’s planning flavors like raspberry ice cream folded with honey-tossed raspberries, a sweet basil vanilla, a full-flavored strawberry, and a rhubarb ice cream. She’s also planning sorbets and flavors made with milk alternatives like almond or coconut milk.
“Every flavor has its own personality,” she said. “It has a denser, creamier consistency.”
She’s also planning cakes, brownies and weekend caramel rolls.
“We have a caramel roll sundae that will be pretty intense,” she said.
Hot and iced coffees and teas will be available for patrons who want to hang out with a laptop.
“Like all the wonderful craft breweries in town, everybody has something to offer,” she said. “This will be definitely different.”