Ample Hills to Open an Ice Cream Factory

16-ample-hills-gowanus-1.w245.h368Ample Hills Creamery is a four year old Brooklyn scoop-shop in Brooklyn, known for their throwback flavors. Since opening their first stores in Prospect Heights, they have expanded to locations in Gowanus and stalls in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Gotham West Market, and Jacob Riis Park. Ample Hills has acquired $4 million in funding from venture-investment firms including Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Tom Potter and the founders of Seamless.

With their new funds, Ample Hills will be opening a 15,000 square foot factory, which will be used to make all of their ice cream except for a single location specific flavor that differs at every store. They will also be using the funds to hire more management team and expand both wholesale pint distributions and direct shipments to consumers.

Co-Owners Brian Smith and wife Jackie Cuscuna have expressed their intents to expand their brand slowly for quality driven growth. They plan to expand within New York before branching out to other parts of the country.

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Urban Outfitters to Acquire Vetri Family

image-tenant-urban-03Popular clothing brand Urban Outfitters, which also owns Anthropologie and Free People among other brands, has announced that they will be buying Philadelphia’s Vetri Family restaurant group. Over last few years, Urban Outfitters has been integrating food and dining into its stores, with Ilan Hall’s the Gorbals opening in the Urban Outfitter’s complex in Williamsburg. Urban Outfitters cited increased spending in the food industry and the decrease in traffic in actual stores because of e-commerce as issues to turn attention to food and dining within their brand.

The financial details have not  yet been disclosed, but is proposed to be completed by the end of the year. Marc Vetri is one of the the country’s preeminent chefs and his restaurants like Osteria, Alla Spina and Pizzeria Vetri will now be owned by Urban Outfitters. However, operations within the restaurants will not change after the deal. Vetri and his partners will be running all of Urban Outfitter’s food and drink sectors including his restaurants and future expansion strategies.

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