The Rollickin Gelato success story has taken another step, with the opening of their second Christchurch café – located on the ground floor of our Boys’ High building.
Rollickin Gelato is located in the space formerly leased by Coffee Corner, opposite the Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Information Centre on Worcester Boulevard. The café also occupies the street-front terrace that features a bespoke communal table.
“We’re calling it ‘The Longest Table’ and it won’t just be for customers – it’ll be for anyone who’s walking down Worcester Boulevard who wants to sit and soak up the atmosphere,” owner Jed Joyce says.
“We see it as a great way to create an entrance to Boys’ High and inject life into the boulevard.”
The café sells Rollickin Gelato’s signature, hand-made gelato and sorbet, plus coffee and sweet cabinet food. Customers can also enjoy a chocolate fountain that’s even bigger than the one at the café’s original New Regent café.
“The café has a dessert focus that will complement the food on offer at the food hub across Market Square in the Registry building.”
Rollickin Gelato is a post-earthquake success story. It started in 2013 as a mobile gelato cart on an empty site in New Regent Street, selling gelato that was made in Wellington. The cart is still operating, with a permanent base at the Margaret Mahy Family Playground, but the gelato proved so popular that Jed set up a café in New Regent Street so he could make his own.
“We use organic, free range milk from a Rangiora farm that, along with the technique, makes it super-creamy. We only use real ingredients – for example our mint gelato is infused with real mint leaves overnight and our salted caramel is made with our own house-made gooey caramel. Everything we add to our creations is made in-house, like our hokey pokey pieces, brownie chunks and apple pie crumble.
“We’re a small, young business that relies on the amazing support of Cantabrians in order to survive. I think we can put our success down to our team’s really hard work, perseverance and a commitment to help revive our city.
Arts Centre Leasing Manager Louise Sutherland says Rollickin Gelato is a perfect fit for the site.
“We’re passionate about supporting local, independent, artisan food producers and they tick all those boxes and more. They fit perfectly with the boutique retail vision for the Boys’ High building.”