Cold Fusion is hot.
Westporters Eric and Kelly Emmert’s company makes and distributes gelato and sorbet — all by hand, with all-natural, locally sourced ingredients. Every item is kosher-certified.
For years, fans have asked the Emmerts to open a place here.
Sometime in May, the former Main Street Papyrus store (next to Chase Bank) will become Cold Fusion Gelato. The lease was finalized today.
Like its Newport cousin, Cold Fusion will be a magnet for gelato lovers. There are 32 flavors, ranging (alphabetically) from amaretto almond to toffee crunch.
It will also serve sorbet (including vegan), coffee (cappuccino and espresso), snacks, shakes, smoothies and chocolates.
There will be café tables; a few seats in front, overlooking Main Street, and (pending permits) sidewalk seating too.
The Emmerts have been looking for downtown space for a while. They’re thrilled to be on Main Street, in such a key location. “The landlord is great,” Eric says. “We don’t have to charge $15 for ice cream.”
Eric knows his history. He’s excited to open just a few doors away from the original Ice Cream Parlor.
And he’s well aware that Westporters are eager for more mom-and-pop shops downtown.
Having raised 2 daughters here — and been involved with the community as youth coaches, Girl Scouts and other activities — the Emmerts are actually, honestly, truly a Westport “mom and pop.”
With the best gelato shop between here and Newport.