After seven years of serving homemade, small-batch ice cream in the heights Fat Cat Creamery now opens a spin-off on Stomping reasons Center at 1225 West 34th in Garden Oaks. The official opening is Saturday, November 14th, but the store is already quietly serving shovels of Milk chocolate stout, Waterloo strawberry, Meow Mexican Vanilla and some other flavors.
“Opening our first location in the Heights was a dream come true, and our Garden Oaks location on the Stomping Grounds is an exciting next step,” said the owner Sarah Johnston via press release. “We love our community so much and are grateful that we can bring more sweetness to the world with our expansion.”
The new Fat Cat Creamery Shop in Garden Oaks. Photo by Mark C. Austin.
The new Fat Cat Shop also offers an expanded selection of ice cream. Five new flavors are available: Pumpkin Ice Cream (named after the Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s pumpkin stout), Pumpkin Cheesecake, Coconut Pandan and Bourbon pecan pie – all seasonal offers for autumn – and a new permanent flavor Whiskey butter pecan with Yellow Rose Distilling Whiskey.
Expect new ice cream flavors to appear more frequently in the future as Fat Cat Creamery is building a production area three times the size of the prep area of the Heights shop on the second floor. As always, the dairy still uses ingredients from Texas, including milk, cream, produce, pecans, dried fruits and eggs from Ole Dad Farms in Weimar.
Architectural representation of the stomping ground. Courtesy photo.
Stomping Grounds is a 17,831 square foot retail and hospitality facility that surrounds 8,000 square feet of green space. Revive Development started the project at the end of 2017. The facility consists of a converted former HISD bus barn, three newly constructed buildings, a community stage and a large parking lot. The Fat Cat Creamery is on the first floor and has its own terrace. You are also welcome to use the shared green areas. Stomping Grounds is already planning community events for the green spaces, including a socially distant turkey, outdoor yoga, and a movie night on the lawn.
Houston architect Tim Cisneros from Cisneros Design Studio Architects collaborated on the design. Field of Study, another Houston agency, worked with Johnston to incorporate the Fat Cat Creamery brand into the space, resulting in cat-themed design accents and a “winding, glittering floor path” that customers can follow from the door to the checkout counter .
Adult visitors over the age of 21 can also enjoy free canned craft cocktails from Daiquiri Time Out in Galveston while supplies last.
In addition to ice cream scoops in bags or cups, Fat Cat also serves milkshakes, malts, poses, sundaes, frozen, pre-packaged goodies, a sip of ice cream to take away and much more. In addition to the traditional sundaes with hot fudge, some of the cooler-weather variations are the harvest sundae with a bottom layer of apple crumb cake and the pumpkin sundae.
Just like the original location on Shepherd Drive, the Fat Cat Creamery in Garden Oaks is open daily. The opening times are Monday to Thursday from 12 noon to 10 p.m., Friday from 12 noon to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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