Gelato shop approved in old icehouse building

The icehouse at 200 Commerce St. (David Sachs)

After icing the project to compromise with city preservationists and planners, city council candidate Boyd Walker gained approval to open a gelato shop at 200 Commerce St. in Old Town last week.

Built in 1931, the quaint corner structure once housed ice for Mutual Ice, a local distributor. Now it will house the trendy Italian dessert, coffee and baked goods at what Walker hopes will become a neighborhood staple.

To get the planning commission’s blessing, Walker conceded live music and a midnight closing time. The shop will open at 10 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. seven days a week, with about 8 seats available inside and 30 outdoors, a block off of King Street.

The shop should be open by Memorial Day, Walker said.