Grand Opening: Cloud Cups Debuts in Fishtown, Free Gelato for First 300 People

Cloud CupsSubmitted Image, Photo by James Johnson Jr.

PHILADELPHIA, PA —Philadelphia and Pennsylvania’s award-winning Black-owned gelato company Cloud Cups – and Gelato Artist Galen Thomas – will debut their first-ever brick-and-mortar scoop shop in Fishtown this weekend. Cloud Cups Fishtown will grand open at 2311 Frankford Avenue at 4:00 pm today, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, 2023, with a free giveaway of two scoops of gelato/sorbet to the first 150 guests each night.

“I am so thankful and honored to be able to open my first-ever scoop shop in one of the hottest food neighborhoods in Philadelphia,” said Galen. “Since my early days of festivals, fairs and food truck events, I am finally able to call this my first home and welcome my first official guests. The demand for our gelato and sorbet has risen over the pandemic, and this is a dream come true. I partnered with Pizza Brain to use their space in my early years and this lets our guests have the best of both world’s amazing pizza and pies plus now a smooth creamy treat for dessert. This is our first scoop shop – but stay tuned as I am working on some exciting surprises for the summer and beyond. Please come say hi this weekend and let us show you what our artisanal gelato is all about.”

The new scoop shop is located next to Pizza Brain and the world’s first Pizza Museum, and Cloud Cups shares a dining room and a unique outdoor patio and courtyard with Pizza Brain. There is seating for 20 people inside and an additional 25+ outside. The menu will feature handmade artisanal gelato and sorbet with 12 flavors at any one time from the menu of over 90 year-round flavors. New, Cloud Cups will debut the Cloud-Nini with a choice of gelato or sorbet nestled inside a fresh baked pastry. The menu will also include an assortment of additional flavors by the pint, gelato and sorbet milkshakes and beverages, gelato and sorbet flights, gelato and sorbet floats, other beverages and additional menu items on the way.

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Galen added, “Thanks to the Pizza Brain team and Michael Carter, Joseph Hunter and Ryan Anderson.”

Pair the gelato and sorbet with the award-winning pizza next door from Pizza Brain and don’t miss the photo opps and history of pizza in the adjacent Pizza Museum. Hours to start will be Thursday to Sunday, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, with expanded days and times coming later this summer. Follow Cloud Cups on Instagram at CloudCupsGelato.

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