West Seattle is in for a treat. Frankie and Jo’s — the hugely popular plant-based ice cream shop in Capitol Hill and Ballard — will officially open its new pop-up on Alki Beach tomorrow, May 30, right around the corner from the popular new Italian restaurant, Il Nido. Expect many of the same flavors that have made the vegan-friendly dessert destination such a hit (including chocolate tahini supercookie and beet rose sorbet), along with its house-made gluten-free maple vanilla waffle cones.
Like the shops in Capitol Hill and Ballard, this Frankie and Jo’s pop-up will feature ice cream made from sprouted cashew nut milk and coconut milk, with no gums or stabilizers added. There will also be a couple of quirky additions, such as plants available for purchase and a photo booth with customizable backdrops. The pop-up (located at 2758 Alki Avenue Southwest) will be open daily from noon-11pm until Labor Day, with the potential to become a permanent outpost down the line.
Of course, that may all depend on how successful the new pop-up becomes. It will have immediate competition down the street from popular neighborhood spots Homefront Smoothies and Ice Cream and Pepperdock Restaurant, as well as Husky Deli (on Eater Seattle’s Coolest Ice Cream Shops list) a short drive away. But, for a beach area, Alki doesn’t have an oversaturation of ice cream places — and, in a city that embraces quality vegan and gluten-free options, there could always be room for more Frankie and Jo’s.