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Brooklyn staple Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. opening shop in Tampa

Miso cherry and olive oil scoops are coming to the South for the first time.
The 1,500-square-foot Hyde Park Village location will welcome customers before Thanksgiving.
The 1,500-square-foot Hyde Park Village location will welcome customers before Thanksgiving. [ Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. ]
Published Jul. 22
Updated Jul. 23

Chorizo caramel swirl ice cream, anyone?

Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. is on it.

The popular Brooklyn-based business is bringing its signature collection of wacky flavors to Tampa this fall. Think miso cherry, olive oil, chocotorta and passionberry buttercake ice cream.

The 1,500-square-foot shop at Hyde Park Village will mark Oddfellows’ first location in the South. It joins six other storefronts in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Boston and Korea.

“We made a name for ourselves with unconventional flavors,” said Oddfellows co-founder Mohan Kumar, who visits friends and family in Tampa regularly. “And that is what we are bringing here. Over the last five years, I’ve seen the food scene explode in Tampa. I love the people. I love the vibe.”

Multiple Oddfellows pop-ups will grace restaurants and coffee shops ahead of the opening, Kumar said. But the details remain under wraps.

His partner and James Beard Award-nominated chef Sam Mason is even concocting Tampa-specific flavors with local eateries. (For the 2019 Boston launch, Mason created a basil chip offering alongside Fox & Knife, an Italian-inspired favorite.)

Mohan Kumar, Sam Mason, and Kumar's wife, Holiday (left to right)
Mohan Kumar, Sam Mason, and Kumar's wife, Holiday (left to right) [ Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. ]

Oddfellows opened in 2013 after Kumar commissioned Mason to whip up pretzel ice cream for his then-pregnant wife. The shop has since exploded, drawing hungry customers with milkshakes and decked-out banana splits. It also serves vegan flavors, alcohol-infused tubs, wine and beer.

At Hyde Park Village, an Oldfellows scoop will be the perfect dessert after dinner at Timpanos or Forbici, Kumar said.

Nicole Dee, the general manager at the village, agrees.

“OddFellows’ twist on the traditional provides an unexpected experience at every visit,” she said in a statement. “From unconventional flavors to unique brand collaborations to unmatched design, our community is in for a treat!”

Kumar said additional Florida storefronts could open in the future in “cool cities” around the state.

After its launch, the Tampa ice creamery will operate at 718 S Village Circle from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.