Crestwood gets an ice cream/sushi eatery

Crestwood gets an ice cream/sushi eatery

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

Residents in Crestwood will soon get a standalone ice cream parlor, combined with a sushi restaurant.

The city’s Board of Aldermen approved zoning at its May 26 meeting, which was held virtually, for a new fast casual restaurant called “Roll On In/Buzzed Bull Creamery” to operate at 9420 Watson Road.

In a unanimous vote after a public hearing, all eight aldermen voted in favor of granting a conditional-use permit, or CUP, to applicant William Schlotz to operate the combined sushi and rolled ice cream restaurant.

Rolled ice cream is made using a mixture of milk, cream, sugar and other ingredients mixed together with air on a pan cooled to -4 degrees Fahrenheit, resulting in rolls of smooth ice cream.

Board President Mimi Duncan presided over the public hearing. Mayor Grant Mabie excused himself from overseeing the hearing to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, since Mabie’s law firm has done work for Schlotz before.

The property is zoned C-1 Local Business District, and the upper level of the building houses a dental office.

The main floor of the building used to be a Pier 1 Imports – the new restaurant will occupy the west half of the main level, while the east half will remain vacant.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to recommend approval for the CUP at its May 6 meeting.

The dentist office currently operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., while the restaurant would operate from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Ward 3 Alderman Scott Shipley praised Schlotz for opening a restaurant during this “economic time that we’re in, and I look forward to having my first sushi in your restaurant once you’re open.”

“It’s something that’s been in progress. We’ve been thinking about it for well over a year or so and we’re gonna carry forward with it,” said Schlotz. “We think it’s going to be a very good mutual operation for the city of Crestwood and for the use of the building.”

Schlotz told the board that he was the owner of the building that the restaurant will occupy and that “for a long time” he had been looking for a business entity to rent the main level, but no one suitable had come forward.

Schlotz is also a former dentist who worked at the dental office at that location for 18 years and wanted a business that would be complementary to the practice and not take away from the “professionalism.”

“We finally decided that we would take the bull by the horns and we would try to find an entity that would make some sense for that location. We feel that Crestwood is underserved in a unique niche of dining … so we think it would fit the bill,” said Schlotz.

No members of the public commented on the proposal during the public hearing.

“Thank you for choosing Crestwood. … It’s going to be a good fit for what we’re trying to achieve for this city,”