Ample Hills Creamery, the Brooklyn-based craft ice cream phenomenon that was rated #1 ice cream in NYC by Zagat, just announced plans to open their first New Jersey location in the recently opened Jersey City Urby.
For the uninitiated, Ample Hills Creamery was started by husband and wife team Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna who opened their first location in Prospect Heights in the spring of 2011. According to a press release, “after four days of lines around the block, the nascent ice cream shop ran out of ice cream and had to close for nine days before reopening with a lot more ice cream.”
With whimsical flavors like Salted Crack Caramel, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, The Munchies and Snap Mallow Pop! it’s easy to see why the shop was a hit. A few years later, the couple opened a second, two-story “ice cream paradise” in Gowanus. Success followed and the company expanded to Manhattan and even opened a location at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.
In November 2015, the company announced a $4 million equity raise led by Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, and among the largest investors are Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Red Sea Ventures, the founders of Seamless, and a CircleUp syndicate led by Tom Potter, co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery.
In addition to being rated #1 ice cream in NYC by Zagat, the company was also named “Best Ice Cream in America” by Food Network, and featured in the August 2015 edition of O: The Oprah Magazine’s as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things.”
The Jersey City location will be on the ground floor of the newly opened Jersey City Urby tower. They will be joining 9 Bar Cafe as well as a yet to be named full-service restaurant. No timeline has been released publicly.
You know what’s even better than Ample Hills? Living right above it! Check out the recently opened Jersey City Urby. Studios start at $2,400, with rents for one-bedroom apartments starting at $2,800 and two-bedrooms from $3,400.