Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Powell won't reopen

JIM FISCHER
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, 8 N. Liberty St. in Powell

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has confirmed

it will not reopen its Powell location at 8 N.

Liberty St.

A July 23 statement from the company confirmed the closing.

“We have loved serving the Powell community over the last 10 years. As we’ve reached the end of our lease here, we hope to find another location from which we can continue scooping for this wonderful community,” the statement read.

Pam Miller, executive director of the Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce, said she was surprised.

“I didn’t know they were leaving until they were gone,” Miller said. “I figured we would lose two or three (businesses) in the downtown because of (COVID-19), but Jeni’s was not one of them.”

ThisWeek was unable to reach anyone from Jeni’s for comment regarding why the location was closed, but it has been closed since Gov. Mike DeWine announced a statewide stay-at-home order in mid-March.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Jeni’s owner Jeni Britton Bauer and Ryan Vesler of Homage have been lead organizers of a restaurant-support initiative called We Are All In This Together. Their companies teamed up with Pelotonia, Roosevelt Coffeehouse, Hot Chicken Takeover and others to raise more than $150,000 to reinvest in Columbus restaurants.

The initiative was in response to an estimated 300,000 restaurant workers who had been laid off after bars and restaurants were closed to dine-in customers for several weeks but allowed for carryout and delivery services to continue.

Jeni’s still operates nine shops throughout central Ohio. The first one opened in Columbus’ North Market in 2002. The Powell location opened in November 2010.

In addition to the North Market location, Jeni’s has shops in Bexley, Clintonville, Dublin, Easton Town Center, Columbus Commons, the Short North, German Village and Grandview Heights.

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