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Aug 7, 2006 07:02 PM

Ici Opening?

Does anyone have any info on an opening date? It says early August in the window, and here we are in early August with a still unopened, and not seemingly close to opening, shop. I'm giddy with anticipation...

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        1. Anyone know if they opened this weekend, as originally reported?

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          1. re: Agent 510

            Their phone number is disconnected and their website has changed to say (edit to fix): "opening end of August."

            Sounds like their over eager publicist has raised yet another false alarm.

            1. re: Morton the Mousse

              Today's August 26th. Just how much later in August can they open?

              Maybe if they spent as much time, energy and money in getting their business running as promoting it they'd actually be open by now.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                A perspective from St. Paul Minnesota:

                This is not going to open until it's dialed. You should be happy to have this problem. Are they dropping leaflets, running TV/radio/print ads or something? Is the marching band clogging the sidewalk?

                Here in the heartland where heat and humidity create a craving so deep for ice cream that you couldn't fill it with a fleet of front end loaders, we've got options, but no Chez Panisse veterans tantalizing our buds.

                1. re: Karl Gerstenberger

                  another perspective.... what is this "ici" restaurant and why do we care so much? do we not have enough restaurants in the bay area already?

                  1. re: Karl Gerstenberger

                    Karl: There's actually been quite a bit of misleading publicity. SF Magazine published a piece two months back proclaiming that Ici had the best ice cream sandwich in the Bay Area, with beautiful pics. Hordes of hounds drove down to check them out, only to find the shop months away from opening. Last Wednesday, a local paper proclaimed that they would be open this weekend, again, false alarm. All this wont stop me from going there opening weekend, but I can understand Ruth's irritation.

                    chewonthis: Ici is a new ice cream shop owned by ex-Chez Panisse pastry chef Mary Canales. We only have two other upscale ice cream shops the Bay Area, which is why people are so excited and care so much.

                    1. re: Karl Gerstenberger

                      Two other upscale ice cream shops? What's the other besides Sketch?

                      1. re: Karl Gerstenberger

                        I was referring to Fairfax Scoop, but "upscale" was probably a poor word choice.

                2. Thank you for the clarification, Morton the Mousse, and let me just say that I am always on the look out for a good ice cream but really, to care so much about an ice cream shop opening is something else - although the false adverts are a bit bothersome!
                  However, not to diminish your craving for a third "upscale ice cream shop" but how many cities in the U.S. can claim even one upscale ice cream shop? - NYC excluded of course.
                  Happy Hunting and I'm looking forward to your review if and when it ever opens. Cheers!

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                  1. re: chewonthis

                    My dear wife and I just visited Berkeley last week and enjoyed Ici a lot.
                    Thank you for the question, chewonthis. I can't answer for most cities, but Seatte is bush-league when it comes to ice cream. We have a decent mix-it shop (Mix) in the University District, but only just, and an old-line "Deli", Husky Deii (new yorkers, please don't squawk, we know, we know, as delis go, this is even more bush-league), that has been making ice-cream in decent, if traditional, flavors for decades,.
                    We have nothing that comes close to the bright and novel flavors of Ici.