Aug 31, 2022 - Business

“Gourmet” gelato shop Cold Hearted Gelato opens in Plaza Midwood

Cold hearted Gelato

Cold Hearted Gelato flavors. Photo: Danielle Chemtob/Axios

A new gelato shop called Cold Hearted Gelato is now up and running in the Plaza Midwood space where Rita’s Italian Ice used to be.

Why it matters: It’s the brainchild of Chef Elinn Hesse, former chef de cuisine at Bardo and Counter-.

  • Hesse moved to Charlotte from NYC about five years ago, where she worked at Michelin Star restaurants.

“I’ve been a chef my whole life, I look at flavors and ingredients first,” she explained when I asked her why she’s opening a gelato shop. “It’s my favorite part, it’s just pure flavor.”

  • Hesse says you can expect flavors you won’t get anywhere else, made with botanicals and herbs that are sourced locally.
  • Some examples include miso hazelnut gelato and vanilla tonka bean.

The intrigue: Cold Hearted Gelato is located in Midwood Corners, the smaller shopping center at the corner of The Plaza and Central Avenue that’s been in the midst of a significant overhaul.

Cold hearted Gelato
Fresh mint & cocoa nibs, red miso toasted hazelnut and the whole peach. Photo: Danielle Chemtob/Axios
  • Along with getting several new tenants, the shopping center has noticeable aesthetic upgrades (like new awnings and a new façade), plus a new patio/plaza area on the side of the building facing Central.
  • Another newcomer: LA-based Dave’s Hot Chicken, which will open where Subway was.

Details: Cold Hearted Gelato will offer 12 flavors, including one to two sorbets depending on the season, and four constants, including the miso hazelnut and vanilla tonka bean.

Midwood Corners shopping center in Plaza Midwood
Rendering courtesy of THRIFT Commercial Real Estate Services
  • It won’t be anything like Rita’s or even Two Scoops down the road. Instead, it’ll cater to those with a “mature palate,” according to Hesse.
  • It’s open Wednesday-Thursday 1pm-10pm, Friday-Sunday 11am-11pm, Monday 1pm-10pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Cold hearted Gelato
The burnt honey old bay and ginger & kaffir lime. Photo: Danielle Chemtob/Axios
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