Hot News! Cold Fusion Gelato Shop Opens In May.

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.

You can find Cold Fusion at all the cool places on the East Coast (including Mystic Market and Rizzuto’s). There’s also a retail store in Newport, Rhode Island.

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.

Eric and Kelly Emmert, and their gelato.

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.

Cold Fusion Gelato will take over the old Papyrus space.


12 responses to “Hot News! Cold Fusion Gelato Shop Opens In May.

  1. I bought a pint on impulse at Mystic Market this Fall and immediately went back for more. The BEST area gelato.

  2. something wonderful to look forward to….MANY outside tables needed. I think THIS is going to be THE hotspot on Main Street…

  3. The coconut is to die for!! Congrats Eric and Kelly!! I look forward to tasting all of the flavors!!

  4. The coconut is amazing. Can not wait. This is not like any ice cream you have ever had. I’m all in …….

  5. Agree- I’m SURE they’ll have longer lines than Brandi Melville! And our family will be first in line! Congrats!

  6. Congratulations Kelly and Eric – What great news! We are looking forward to Cold Fusion gelato.

  7. With the tables outside and the sorbet offerings—I can’t have gelato—I absolutely look forward to this. And, to really evoke the past, maybe the Remarkable Bookcycle can be parked outside there on occasion😉.

  8. Danielle Dobin

    Amazing. So exciting to see all these wonderful new restaurants and stores opening! Cold Fusion is already a such a great contributor to the community – they were a wonderful partner to the Staples Players for their fundraiser earlier this year.

  9. The emmerts are awesome and the gelato is bad-azz! Cant wait

  10. Looks like Downtown may be a real Downtown again soon. Congrats and Best of Luck.

  11. Donald Bergmann

    First had it in Newport, been talking about it ever since. Cool, or should I say cold.
    Don Bergmann

  12. Thanks for all the kind words and support. We are thrilled to be opening up this spring and hope to be a fixture in town for years to come. Now, it’s off to get permits and start construction.