Cold Fusion: Today’s Hot Opening

Main Street’s gelato cup runneth over.

Cold Fusion opens today. That’s the second gelato shop downtown. La Fenice was the first, last month.

The Cold Fusion brand is well known to Westporters — and has a distinct local “flavor.”

Gelato and sorbet — made by hand, with all-natural, locally sourced ingredients — is sold at many cool places on the East Coast (including Mystic Market and Rizzuto’s). There’s also a retail store in Newport, Rhode Island.

Cold Fusion is owned by Westporters Eric and Kelly Emmert. They searched for a long time for a local shop. They found the perfect location in the old Papyrus store (next to Chase Bank).

There’s an outdoor patio too. History lovers note: The original Ice Cream Parlor was located a few doors away.

Owner Eric Emmert (right) and crew Nate Kolek and Imogen Barnes — both Staples High School graduates — are ready for customers. (Photo/John Videler for Videler Photography)

The Emmerts offer 32 artisan gelato choices, both traditional (hazelnut, pistachio, stracciatella) and new (amaretto almond crunch, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, milk chocolate brownie). There are no food colorings, powders or preservatives.

Sorbets are dairy-free, vegan and made with fresh whole fruits. Everything is kosher-certified.

Besides gelato and sorbet, Cold Fusion carries locally sourced chocolates, and espresso, cappuccino and coffee from local roasters. Hand-packed and packaged pints are available to go.

Cold Fusion is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Eric and Kelly Emmert, and their gelato.

7 responses to “Cold Fusion: Today’s Hot Opening

  1. A. David Wunsch

    Cold Fusion : an excellent choice of name.
    adw staples 1956

  2. Tried some today. Excellent!

    Dan: Please continue to feature new business’ openings that might otherwise go unnoticed, particularly those that offer Nutella-flavored…anything.
    But: Please, Please, for the benefit of Westporters unaware of the (remaining) Chase branch, or who’ve moved in since Papyrus,
    mention the street address!

    As an aside, as of this writing Cold Fusion’s website makes no mention at all of their Westport location. Gotta keep that digital marketing current!

  3. Eric Emmert is awesome and so happy for his success! we will be regulars there

  4. Maggie Moffitt Rahe

    I look forward to coming to Cold Fusion. Yes indeed in 1950, the original Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor opened in Westport by my Mom, Butsy Beach, who is now 93. The original ICE CREAM PARLOR was located where Tavern on Main is now, (formerly Chez Pierre). It later moved to a pink building on the Post Road.
    Cold Fusion menu sounds delicious.

    • Thanks, Maggie. Please say hi to your mom! You forgot to mention that in between Main Street and the pink building the Ice Cream Parlor was located in Compo Shopping Center, where Cohen’s Optical is now.

  5. Maggie Moffitt Rahe

    I will definitely bring her for an ice cream or gelato!