That little shack on the corner of Fern Creek Avenue and Kaley Street hasn’t had much luck, not since All-American Cafe moved out nearly five years ago. It’s been a coffee shop or two and a florist at one point. But all of those businesses were short lived.
Now, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream will open a second location in the building, which is currently painted a pistachio color. Kelly’s original location is on Corrine Drive in Audubon Park. That shop opened in 2015 after the owners, Kelly and Scott Seidl, had some success selling their cool wares at farmers markets. Apparently the brick and mortar shop has been successful enough to warrant a second location.
Perhaps an ice cream store will break the string of revolving-door businesses at 1817 S. Fern Creek Drive.
All-American certainly had a good run, and against the odds, too. The building itself had few seats for diners — most were content to sit on the patio, even though it offered little shelter and not much ambience, either. After All-American closed at that location, it tried to revive its breakfast crowd by partnering with Holy Smoke BBQ, which itself was struggling on Curry Ford Road. Neither All-American nor Holy Smoke lasted very long — that space is now home to La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant.
Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream is expected to open its second store in November, which is not historically a big ice cream month, but we’ll see.