Hot on the heels of the Ample Hills announcement of a sprawling Brooklyn ice cream production factory, quirky ice cream brand OddFellows is doing the same, plus more: The four-year-old company will open a block-long factory tentatively called The OddFactory — and a classic soda fountain in Bushwick, Food & Wine reports.
The factory from founders Sam Mason and Mohan Kumar will offer tours of the production facilities and pints for sale, plus allow OddFellows to expand its wholesale business. The adjacent soda fountain will have a liquor license and a full restaurant menu, with cocktails, alcoholic ice cream, and lots of root beer.
Mason, who trained as a pastry chef at now-closed molecular gastronomy temple wd~50, will return to his roots and plated dishes like sliders, a pretzel corndog with Guinness mustard, and sundaes such as coconut ice cream with warm grilled pineapple, toasted coconut, and coconut dulce de leche. Children will be welcome during the day, but the fountain will go adults-only at night.
OddFellows got its start in 2013 in Williamsburg and quickly built a name for itself as an offbeat ice cream chain with flavors like chorizo caramel and black pepper fig. It has since expanded to the East Village and with a summer carnival-themed pop-up.
This new factory and soda fountain combo is expected to debut at 379 Suydam Street in early 2018. Stay tuned for more.