After almost a year of delays, Fifty Licks tells Eater its custardy, small-batch ice creams and creamy (often boozy) sorbets will hit East Burnside and NE 28th Avenue on April 28. Owner Chad Draizin says the 1000-square-foot ice cream shop will operate daily beginning at noon, and like its original location on SE Clinton, Fifty Licks East Burn will serve ice creams made on a Carpigiani machine, using its own yolky base, and not a pre-made third-party creation.
Fifty Licks started as a food truck in 2009, popping up at events and farmers markets with a focus on fresh ingredients, real eggs, and booze. Yes, it has a selection of 21-and-over ice creams and sorbets, like the popular Pirate sorbet (vegan), with roasted bananas, Barbados-style molasses, Smith and Cross Jamaican Rum, coconut milk, and “island spices.” Think all sorbet tastes watery and sad? Think again at Fifty Licks.
“We’ve dialed things in on SE Clinton, so we’re aren’t planning any major changes on East Burnside,” says Draizin. “Simplicity is better than a lot of concepts.” Both Fifty Licks will serve identical flavors, as well as those Cafe Cubanos and Chocolate Porter Floats. New flavors to debut include Spearmint Rose Lemonade and Cornbread Honey Butter.
Fifty Licks’ second location will be located at 2742 E Burnside and operate Sunday through Thursday, from noon to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from noon to midnight. The shop will seat 23, but if you know anything about Fifty Licks’ fanship, you know you’ll spend most of your time on your feet in line. And probably salivating, one should add.