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Lush Gelato to open Ice Cream Shop on Polk

Posted on 06/13/2014 by Paolo Lucchesi


While Belcampo Meat Co. takes shape on the corner of Polk and Pacific (with an opening expected very soon, as in the first half of June), more food businesses are moving in nearby. Lush Gelato has inked a deal for its first San Francisco location one block south, at 1817 Polk Street, between Washington and Jackson. For owner Federico Murtagh, it marks the latest evolution for his ice cream business since he started selling at farmers’ markets in 2006. He opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Oakland in 2009 and then another one in Berkeley.


Now he’s got a San Francisco outpost — or he will in August, at least.


Like his other locations, expect seasonal flavors influenced by (and often tipping a cap to) local farms: Cowgirl Creamery Fromage Blanc, Riverdog Farms Fresh Mint and Chocolate Chips, Bellwether Farms Ricotta Lemon Zest, and McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil & Salted Chocolate Chunks.


But unlike most ice cream shops, many which buy a premade base from Straus, Lush will make its own ice cream base on site It’s a process that requires additional (and often pricey) permits, a temperature-controlled pasteurizing vat, maintenance of pasteurization records, and so on.


“We’re going to have our kitchen in the back and there will be a massive window so people can see it,” says Murtagh. “We will make everything from scratch, from beginning to end.”


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