Here's an inside look at Melt Ice Creams, the "farm-to-cone" ice cream parlor opening Saturday on Fort Worth's Near Southside. Owner Kari Crowe Seher dreamed up a striking façade — bright yellow on one of the side of the 60-year-old building, checkerboard on the other. "I really wanted something eye-catching," she says.
Either way you're driving down Rosedale, you'll see the tiny spot (formerly a coffee shop) sandwiched between a mechanic's shop and a lawyer's office. The interior is bright and simple, strewn with tiny café tables and anchored by a 16-foot church bench that Seher found on Craigslist.
As previously reported, ice cream flavors will rotate seasonally and include locally sourced ingredients. Opening day flavors will be Cup of Texas, made with Avoca coffee beans; Berry Basil, made with jam from local producer Moore Jams; Beans, featuring Madagascar vanilla beans from Pendery's; Vegan Velvet, a dairy-free coconut and dark chocolate; and Sweet Basil, made with Texas Honeybee Guild honey and lavender. The small-batch ice cream will be available in cones, cups and pints; waffle cones will be made on-site, naturally.
Saturday's grand opening party will feature games and face painting for the kids from 1-3 p.m.; more adult-friendly events, including beer floats from Rahr & Sons and a visit from food truck Nosredna kick off at 6pm. After that, Melt will be open 12:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 12:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.