Molly Moon Neitzel and the team behind her popular Molly Moon's ice cream are approaching the eighth anniversary of the first location in Wallingford, which started topping cones on May 10, 2008, and no better way to celebrate than by opening the brand's seventh ice creamery. The new shop is also Molly Moon's first Eastside location, opening Friday, April 8 in the historic Redmond State Bank building in Redmond.
On opening day, children 12 and under will receive a complementary scoop of their choosing until 5pm.
One detail marks this location different than the rest: Redmond has the company's first open kitchen format. Until now, only kids would be able to view the ice cream elements being made in the back kitchen at each location, through a window height appropriate for youth. With this location's buildout the view is accessible to all, with stovetops facing the customers outside and plenty of counter space where the culinary team preps and chops. The window is on the side of the building where Molly says "you can watch our ice cream makers put the milk, cream, and sugar, and whatever else makes that flavor into the machine and watch it come out. You can take your cone outside and watch them pull strawberry ice cream out of the machine right then. There’s not really a hidden space in the whole kitchen."
Joining the team is pastry chef Kelly Johnson; she and the culinary team will make the caramel sauces, melt chocolate, and make toppings in the open kitchen. On the menu, besides the brand's 10 'always' flavors (including earl grey, 'scout' mint, and Stumptown coffee) are the seasonal four, which are currently vegan coconut chunk, melted chocolate sorbet, black sesame, and thai tea. Next up is salted licorice coming next week, and then one of Molly's personal all time favorites, strawberry rhubarb.
The ice cream shop's neighbor, Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop, occupies the historic part of the bank building and Molly Moon's is in the slightly newer addition. There's a door between the two shops so customers can pass through both for ice cream and sandwiches.
As the days get hotter, make your way to the Eastside shop open from noon to 11pm daily.