A rolled ice creamery that set up shop in Eugene and Salem in 2017 is on its way to Southwest Portland.
Eater tipster Steve notes that 22 Below will take over a former Subway location on Jefferson Street in Goose Hollow, bringing coconut-based, all lactose-free Thai-style rolled ice cream with it. For those unfamiliar, the Southeast Asian dessert involves pouring liquefied ice cream onto a freezing surface, using a scraper to roll it up into a visually appealing treat (as pictured above). A variety of toppings will usually be offered, either on top of the final product or inside the rolls. The frozen treat has been having a moment in some American cities, although the trend hasn’t been so pronounced in Portland.
22 Below comes from a Eugene couple in their early 20s, Kady Chen and Yao Zhang. The duo opened their first store in Eugene last April, reportedly drawing solid crowds. Then in August, they took the concept to Salem.
The store’s ice cream is coconut-based and entirely lactose free, and the variety of flavors and toppings on offer includes banana, matcha, lemon, strawberry, lavender, Pocky sticks, Oreos, chocolate, cheesecake, and beyond — note that while the base is non-dairy, there are dairy toppings on hand. Beyond the ice cream, the other locations have also done cotton candy and crepes.
The work is ongoing at the Jefferson Street location, so it’s likely to open up in spring.
- 22 Below [Official]
- 22 Below brings rolled ice cream to Eugene [Daily Emerald]
- 22 Below brings Thai rolled ice cream to Salem [Statesman Journal]