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There... Launches Bici Fresh-Made Gelato In LoHi

The homemade gelato offerings at There...EXPAND
The homemade gelato offerings at There...
Linnea Covington

Tucked beneath a modern residential building in LoHi resides There..., a restaurant that now serves fresh gelato under the name Bici. The idea, says co-owner Oren Cohen, is to provide an array of housemade "adult snack food": hummus, roasted nuts and dipping sauces, for example. It also includes a whole freezer counter stocked with Cohen's gelato creations.

There...will phase out the groceries but will sell gelato and other fresh-made "adult snacks" from the market space.EXPAND
There...will phase out the groceries but will sell gelato and other fresh-made "adult snacks" from the market space.
Linnea Covington

"It's like bartending with milk and sugar," says Cohen, who has worked with cocktails for years. Cohen started making gelato when he was a kid, using a 1980s Ben & Jerry's cookbook as his guide. Over the years he perfected the art, and now serves about sixteen flavors at Bici. Those currently include mint Oreo, Lady Gray (made with tea from a locally owned company), chocolate fudge brownie and candied bacon with salted caramel. Several of the creations are made with milk that has been steeped with herbs and/or tea.

"I call them my home-brew versions [of gelato]," he says. "You want it tender and fresh; you don't want it sitting around for months."

Guests heading to There... will enter through the market and gelato shop.EXPAND
Guests heading to There... will enter through the market and gelato shop.
Linnea Covington

And if you're looking to go beyond the basic cup of creamy delight, try a kombucha float made with Boulder's Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha and strawberry hibiscus gelato. In the near future, Cohen plans on also making boozy floats and pairing his creations with alcohol. Guests can order at the counter for gelato to go, sit at the community table (when its not being used by There... customers) or get a scoop for dessert while dining in the restaurant.

If the space looks familiar, it's because the concept isn't entirely new. The owners previously operated it as Wheelbench Market, a place for locals to pick up groceries and prepared meals to take home and reheat. After running that shop for a little over a year, owners Cohen, Andrew Tyler and Enrique Margulis decided that dinner would be the job of the restaurant, and the market space would focus on gelato. It's also becoming the new entryway for There..., where guests will soon find the hostess stand.

There... is expanding into its former Wheelbench Market and will sell gelato and other foods.EXPAND
There... is expanding into its former Wheelbench Market and will sell gelato and other foods.
Linnea Covington
There... owners.EXPAND
There... owners.
Linnea Covington
Stacks of Bici gelato.EXPAND
Stacks of Bici gelato.
Linnea Covington
The book that inspired Cohen to start making gelato back when he was a kid.EXPAND
The book that inspired Cohen to start making gelato back when he was a kid.
Linnea Covington
The corner space between There's bar and the gelato counter.EXPAND
The corner space between There's bar and the gelato counter.
Linnea Covington
There... makes pies in-house that you can order by the slice.EXPAND
There... makes pies in-house that you can order by the slice.
Linnea Covington

While opening a gelato shop in December may seem a little crazy, the team behind this Telluride transplant doesn't see it that way, noting that it's just an extension of "focusing on producing everything in-house," according to Tyler. And, as it turns out, people want gelato no matter the weather.

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