James Beard Award-winning ice cream maker Jeni Britton Bauer will expand her eponymous shop Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to Brightleaf Square in Durham, North Carolina. In a press release, Britton Bauer states, “I love the Durham area. It’s got so much character and entrepreneurial spirit.”
Britton Bauer opened her first Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams shop in 2002, in Columbus, Ohio. As her stores have expanded across the country and the pints show up in stores, her flavors have gathered a cult-like following. When she opened, she carried flavors unlike any other shop, “like Sweet Curry, Basil Honey Pine Nut, El Rey Single-Origin Chocolate, and, the brand juggernaut — and a now-ubiquitous dessert conceit — Salty Caramel.”
When a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream shop opens in a new city, there’s usually lines of fans around the block, so Durham residents should keep an eye out for the opening date in Brightleaf Square.