The owners of Brooklyn’s Ample Hills Creamery will soon open a new location in Park Slope. The new ice cream shop will debut at 192 Prospect Park West next to the former Pavilion Theatre across from Prospect Park.
Founded in 2011, the ice cream chain has grown to include 17 locations including multiple New York City outposts, New Jersey, Miami, and Southern California. Hidrock Properties, the developer responsible for the Prospect Park location, commissioned Building Studio Architects to renovate and repurpose the site’s existing one-story building that was designed in the 1920s.
The new configuration of the building makes better use of the irregularly curved corner lot and incorporates a façade that stands out from its brown brick neighbors. The selected building envelope is comprised of floor-to-ceiling glass, iron spot brick, bluestone trim, and a dark sheet metal cornice. A series of six motorized retractable awnings are installed below the building’s cornice.
In a surprising move, Hidrock chose not to pursue the development of a taller structure and instead maintained the property’s single-story height. In 2016, Steven J. Hidary, Hidrock’s chief operating officer, told the New York Times that the team made a tough call to “save Brooklyn” in lieu of constructing a new condominium building.
An opening date has not been announced.