If you’re Diane Skwiercz, it’s never too cold outside to think about ice cream.
Skwiercz launched her dessert-focused food truck catering business Street Treats — which she says was the first of its kind in Seattle — in 2010 and is now going brick-and-mortar in the Central District. It will join Feed & Co. and Union Coffee in the new Stencil Building at 24th and Union.
Skwiercz has been mainly serving her from-scratch ice cream and build-your-own ice cream sandwiches through catering gigs at parties and weddings. Her business is evolving, though, and should be ready for retail customers by April or May. She’s already moved her production kitchen into the space at 2407 E Union St, Suite C, while the front-of-house build-out continues.
When it’s ready, Street Treats will offer its usual menu of customizable ice cream sandwiches, ice cream scoops, and possibly sundaes, depending on how much space is available for prep work. Other items, which Street Treats wholesales, will also be available: cookies, bars, and cookie sandwiches.
The space will offer items to-go only, as there’s not room for dining in. However, Skwiercz pointed out that there’s a parklet half a block away. Street Treats will likely be open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m., with expanded hours during warmer months.
Will frozen dessert be the next hot (err, cool) trend in the Central District? Not far from Street Treats, the Central District Ice Cream Company opened just last month near 20th and Union. Just across the street, Chuck’s Hop Shop serves Full Tilt Ice Cream, and a 15-minute walk from there, you’ll find the recent addition of plant-based ice cream shop Frankie and Jo’s.