In a surprise announcement, the superb artisanal ice cream maker Van Leeuwen has announced that it's opening a big new ice cream parlor and cafe in Boerum Hill... tomorrow! Van Leeuwen's Laura O'Neill tells us the space is double the size of their first brick-and-mortar location in Greenpoint. It's got "lots of light" and seating for 17. They'll be serving their full line of ice cream, plus Intelligentsia coffee and the house-made pastries from the Greenpoint spot.
The Grand Opening is tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Regular hours will be weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on summer weekends they'll open a little later and close a little later (times TBD). So there you have it: Benjamin Van Leeuwen came here in 2008 with one truck and a dream; now the guy presides over a growing frozen dessert empire. If you've tasted his ice cream, you'll get why.
Van Leeuwen Boerum Hill // 81 Bergen Street, Brooklyn