Residents will soon have a new frozen treat to enjoy this summer and this one even has some healthy benefits to it.
Patch sat down with the owners of Tony and Tom Zhuo, Thursday morning to discuss the opening of their second store in Connecticut and first in Rocky Hill. The self-serve frozen yogurt shop is expected to open next week in the location of the former . A final inspection is scheduled for Friday.
More than a year ago, Tom Zhuo started the family-chain restaurant in Wallingford and offered customers the chance to make their own frozen yogurt creations.
When customers enter the store at 397 Cromwell Ave., they will then grab a cup from the window and swirl their own frozen yogurt into the container. People will also be able to mix flavors. Next, the customers will add toppings to their creation. And finally, the customer will weight the product and pay for it. The cost of the frozen dessert is 49 cents per ounce.
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“Everyone is loving it. It is a great concept,” said Tom Zhuo about this “new” and “convenient” product.
He added that there is a lot of competition in the frozen yogurt business, but his store offers more flavors and toppings including fresh-cut fruit, nuts, cereal, candy and sauces. Customers will also get the chance to sample the frozen yogurt before they make their dessert.
“So people will know what they like first,” Tom Zhuo said.
According to the store owner, the frozen yogurt offers such healthy benefits as boosting your immune system, building strong bones and teeth and promoting a healthy mouth and fresh breath. There is even a sign in the store that lists the seven benefits of the frozen treat.
Kiwi Spoon also offers fresh fruit smoothies and a variety of teas including iced, black, green and bubble, which is Taiwanese iced drink that contains small chewy tapioca balls and is mixed with fruit (or fruit syrup) and/or milk.
After the opening the store in Wallingford, Tony Zhuo was driving through Rocky Hill and noticed a flourishing business community, especially along the Route 3 Corridor.
“We saw business doing well,” he said. “It looked like a nice community."
However, there were no openings in the Hillview Plaza in 2011. When a storefront did become available, the property owner Edward Rosenfield called Zhuos first.
Tony Zhuo recently returned from serving in the Navy and said brings “his new set of worldly knowledge" with him.
“I bring all these new ideas that I can contribute to the system,” he said.
The Rocky Hill store will share the same hours as the Wallingford one and will be open Sunday to Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and Friday Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m.