Red Hook will be home to the third and largest brick and mortar location of Ample Hills. The ice cream purveyor will open its newest location with the help of a recent $4 million investment fund made possible by a few Brooklyn neighbors. The brand-new ice cream factory is set to open by summer 2016 at 421 Van Brunt Street, an industrial space just across from Hometown BBQ and Fairway. Plans for the 15,000 square foot space include a production facility, bakery, retail store, party rooms, and an "interactive feature" including self-guided tours.
While Ample Hills has an outpost in Manhattan's Gotham West Market, husband and wife partners Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna make it clear that Brooklyn is their home. "We really wanted to keep it in Brooklyn," Cuscuna tells DNAinfo. "That's where we live and that's were we started." The owners of Ample Hills — named after a Walt Whitman line dedicated to the borough — also have plans to bring pints of ice cream to stores nationwide with the help of the brand-new production facility.
Ample Hills opened its first shop in 2011 at 623 Vanderbilt Ave in Prospect Heights to lines around the block. The Red Hook location however will be more similar to Ample Hills' newer Gowanus location. While renovations at 421 Van Brunt Street don't start until January, talk of a special Red Hook flavor has already begun, DNAinfo reports.