Dolcessa has closed its retail gelato and sandwich shop at 1106 Brown St. near the University of Dayton campus, but its gelato will live on in area restaurants and cafes, according to Dolcessa owner Jules Opperman.
Opperman said she wanted to focus on the wholesale side of the business, including developing custom flavors for restaurants. “We wanted to concentrate on what we do the best, which is making gelato and sorbetto,” she said.
Dolcessa was founded in late 2006 on a narrow storefront on East Fifth Street in Dayton’s Oregon District. In November 2007, it moved to its Brown Streeet location near UD.
Opperman said Dolcessa will continue to supply gelato to independent restaurants and cafes in the area, and when warm weather arrives, will sell gelato from a cart at local festivals, fairs and other outdoor events. But there are no current plans to reopen a retail store, she said on the Dolcessa Facebook page.
Therapy Cafe in Dayton’s Cannery Arts District has begun serving Dolcessa gelato-infused martinis, including a Chocolate Gelato Martini Swirl, according to Duante Beddingfield, Therapy Cafe’s public relations director. And Dolcessa’s gelato is being served at Caffeine, the coffee shop at the 2nd Street Public Market at 600 E. Second St. at Webster Street in Dayton. Restaurants such as Jay’s, Rue Dumaine, Christopher’s and Franco’s Ristorante Ristorante Italiano also are serving or have served Dolcessa’s gelato in recent months, Opperman said.Tweet