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Gelato shop at Austin's Hill Country Galleria closes after 4 years

Gelato shop at Austin's Hill Country Galleria closes after 4 years

Frost Gelato
Frost Gelato has closed its Hill Country Galleria location. Photo courtesy of Frost

A popular dessert spot at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave has closed up shop: Frost Gelato, which opened at the center in 2016, closed in December.

A spokesperson for the mall confirmed that the shop had shut down last month.

Frost Gelato, which serves gelato, sorbet, gelato cakes, and beverages such as coffee and hot chocolate, was founded in Tucson, Arizona, by Jeff Kaiserman and Stephen Ochoa, two longtime friends who learned the ropes at a gelato school in Italy run by ice cream machine maker Carpigiani.

They opened their first location in Tucson in 2005, and have since expanded to California, New Mexico, and Richmond, Virginia.

But the company has seen a number of recent closures including a location in Dallas; stores in Albuquerque and Chicago; and more recently, a closure in San Diego, also in December.

There is now only one location open in Texas: in the Domain.

Luckily for local dessert fans, Austin has no shortage of gelato shops, with artisanal purveyors such as Dolce Neve, Dolce Vita, and Teo. That's not even mentioning Austin's famed Amy's Ice Cream — which will coincidentally take over the Frost location at the Galleria.

Amy's was already at the mall, but left its space there in November. According to a representative from Amy's, its space at 13420 Galleria Cir. will be taken over by the new bakery FoliePop's. Amy's has been temporarily operating out of a food truck in front of the central plaza, and will open in the Frost space, hopefully by the end of January or beginning of February.

So it's musical chairs, with FoliePop's going into the Amy's space, Amy's going into the Frost space, and Frost simply going away.