The second location of a penguin-themed frozen dessert idea has opened within the area.
A brand new Vampire Penguin retailer opened in early Could at 14822 Hull Avenue Street in western Chesterfield close to Moseley.
Vampire Penguin serves so-called “shaved snow,” which is a creamy shaved ice dessert that options toppings and syrups. Most menu gadgets vary from $6 to $10 and embrace espresso toffee, strawberry shortcake, pina colada and extra. The store additionally gives a build-your-own choice.
The Chesterfield Vampire Penguin, which occupies a 1,500-square-foot house, is licensed by Tapan Patel and his good friend Dharmendra Patel. Totally different operators run the Vampire Penguin in Henrico County, which is within the City Middle at Twin Hickory buying middle.
A number of weeks into operation, Rupal Patel, who’s Tapan’s spouse, mentioned enterprise has been good, they usually chosen their spot to be in a rising a part of the area.
“It’s a fantastic spot as a result of we all know (the realm) is rising. There are a variety of children,” she mentioned. “We undoubtedly acquired a lot assist from our neighborhood. We didn’t do a lot advertising and marketing, it was phrase of mouth and we’re shocked by the quantity of assist.”
Tapan Patel additionally owns the close by Maya’s Mart comfort retailer, and Rupal mentioned she thought the present neighborhood connection there helped generate curiosity in Vampire Penguin and recover from the problem of being a comparatively new idea within the area. She mentioned the novelty of the idea was a draw for the native operators.
“There’s already a variety of ice cream retailers and bakeries,” she mentioned. “It appeared actually promising and it’s. Folks find it irresistible as a result of the energy are low and it’s nonetheless flavorful.”
Rupal mentioned there aren’t speedy plans to open further places of Vampire Penguin however that would change relying on how issues go along with the newly opened store.
The Vampire Penguin spot has been occupied by a number of companies over time, together with Greenway Beef and Produce. Rupal mentioned extra just lately it was a CBD store. Rupal runs Henrico-based agency RP Design & Model and dealt with inside design on the store. She declined to share the funding within the house.
Vampire Penguin has about 30 places in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Arizona, Utah and California, in response to its web site. The 2 Richmond-area places are the one ones in Virginia.