Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream appears to take up space at 5306 N. Clark St. that previously housed George’s Ice Cream & Sweets, a local dessert shop that closed earlier this year.
City records show that Jeni’s is working to renovate the old George’s while retaining its use as an ice cream shop. Permits were issued in early August for interior work, including new kitchen flooring, lighting, countertops and plumbing systems, among other works, records show.
A “change of ownership” permit was also granted in August, clarifying Jeni’s as the building’s tenant seeking to make the upgrades, according to city records.
A permit to install LED signs on the building has not yet been granted.
Jeni’s did not respond to a request for comment. A representative for the Stotis family, which owns George’s and owns the building, did not respond to a request for comment.
George’s closed in March after 13 years on Clark Street. It was opened in 2009 by the children of George Stotis, who owned and operated the Chicago Recycling Store on Clark Street in Andersonville for over 30 years.
The ice cream shop was opened in honor of their father, who died in 2007 but wanted a dessert cafe on Clark Street. The Stotis children closed the store so they could retire, they previously said.
Jeni’s seems ready to step in and fill the void left by George’s shutdown.
Jeni’s first Chicago location opened in September 2013 at 3404 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview. It has eight stores in Chicago, including two in Lakeview and outposts in West Loop, Wicker Park and Logan Square. It has two suburban locations.
Jeni’s was founded by award-winning ice cream maker Jeni Britton Bauer, who opened her first store in Columbus, Ohio in 2002.
Kilwin’s, the ice cream and chocolate franchise owned by a South Side businesswoman, is also working to open in Andersonville.
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