CARROLL GARDENS — A new ice cream company is cooling off — and heating up — the neighborhood with hot ice cream sandwiches and a tasting room for treats that officially opened last weekend.
Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream Company unlocked the doors to its small wholesale distribution space and production facility at 204 Sackett St., near Henry Street.
The Carroll Gardens ice cream factory will be churning out new flavors regularly that can be tasted individually, in small to-go boxes, sundaes or even a “barnburner” — a hot ice cream sandwich.
"Barnburners" feature cookies, brownies or even pretzel rolls stuffed with any ice cream flavor and heated for a warm crunch on the outside and a cool center inside.
Hay Rosie will be serving flavors like Sriracha Popcorn, Mexican Muscovado Caramel, Sage Chocolate Chip and the “Batman” with burnt chocolate, smoked almonds and butterscotch.
The tasting room will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. But keep an eye on Hay Rosie’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates since the parlor may be open for a few hours during the week as well, founder Stef Ferrari said.
Ferrari announced plans to open Hay Rosie earlier this year when she launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the tasting room. The ice creams are currently being marketed to shops and restaurants in the city, she said.
And in time for Father’s Day weekend, Hay Rosie will have a sorbet flavor just for dads that might involve barbecue bitters and maple syrup.
“We’ll definitely have something special for Father’s Day,” she said.
Other openings and closings in the neighborhood include:
► La Cigogne, a French restaurant that will serve “tarte flambée” – a flatbread-like dish that’s a specialty in the country’s region of Alsace – officially opened its doors at 213-215 Union St. this week.
► Brownstone Treasures, a vintage furniture and collectibles shop, closed its doors after 14 years at 220 Court St., the store announced.
“A heartfelt Thank You to all of our loyal customers for supporting us throughout what has been a wonderful experience for us,” said a notice posted outside the shop.