Loulou Sweet & Savory is serving up Thai-style rolled ice cream from a bright pink trailer along the Midtown Greenway at Emerson Avenue.
Staff chop, spread and roll the locally-sourced ice cream as patrons watch, mashing up fresh fruit and dark chocolate on super-cooled plates that chill the ice cream in minutes. Flavors include The Salty Dog, made with Ghirardelli caramel and pink Himalayan salt, and The Razzmatazz, made with fresh raspberries, chocolate sauce and cocoa powder in “nice” or “naughty” quantities.
She said rolled ice cream is popular on the coasts but new to Minneapolis.
“It really is more fresh,” David LaTour said. “It’s not sitting in a cooler for six months. What you see is what you get.”
Aside from the Greenway, the trailer appears at events like the Rock ‘n’ Roll Farmers Market at Flashlight Vinyl, where Loulou staff buy fresh market fruits to incorporate into the ice cream.
Loulou will open a brick-and-mortar coffeehouse and café in mid-October in the former Juiced Nutrition storefront at 2839 Emerson Ave. S.
Indrachai is opening the shop at Elan Uptown, a building where she previously lived. Now she lives down the street at Lumen On Lagoon. (“Loulou” is her dog’s nickname, which translates “sweetie” in French.)
“We travel internationally a lot. Coffee is very international,” LaTour said. “Each culture does coffee differently.”
They’ll also serve New Orleans-style beignets, Asian pastries, mini eggrolls and artisan popcorn, in addition to the fresh rolled ice cream.
“We eat, breathe and think ice cream,” LaTour said.