Franchise owner Chirag Patel knew that when he moved from Orlando, Florida to Cumming that he had to bring a taste of home with him.
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, a Florida-based company, offers Italian Ice, soft ice cream and gelati, a mixture of both. The store can dish up over 40 combinations of gelati by mixing the traditional chocolate, vanilla or swirl ice cream with Italian Ice flavors such as cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip and Patel’s personal favorite, mango.
“I like the mango gelati the best with vanilla ice cream — always vanilla ice cream,” Patel said.
Forsyth’s first Jeremiah’s Italian Ice officially opened its doors on Tuesday, April 12 to a “very large” crowd.
“We had great success on the first day,” Patel said. “We hope to continue [that success], which I think we will. The product speaks for itself.”
Patel said that Jeremiah’s products are “creamier, richer and better-looking than anything that can be bought in retail,” in a news release before the opening.
A friend of Patel’s and another Jeremiah’s franchise owner in Suwanee, Vipul Patel, said his own store has had “much success” in the four months that it has been open.
“The product really does speak for itself,” he said. “It’s good and affordable.”
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Chirag Patel said he is looking forward to the warm summer months so that he can meet customers and introduce them to gelati.
“You always have to have gelati,” Chirag Patel said. “Gelati always. It’s the best [item] on the menu.”
He said that he is hoping to create partnerships with local schools, first responders and other community organizations. Being positioned near two high schools in the county is a good start.
“We hope students [from South Forsyth and Lambert high schools] will come here as a place to [hang out],” he said.
With a goal to create a business with a lasting and positive impact on the community, he said he also hopes to grow, opening more Jeremiah’s locations around the county.
“This is a great county for [Jeremiah’s],” Chirag Patel said. “In the future, I see four or five [locations] here.”
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is at 1595 Peachtree Parkway in the same shopping center as Kroger. For more information, call 678-392-2000 or visit www.facebook.com/JeremiahsIce4004.