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As they prepare to open at shipping container mall, cafe owners close original spot

Little Lion Ice Cream owners Ian and Jubilee Miller are putting all their focus on their first stand-alone cafe, which they hope to have open by July 15 at the new Revolutsia. That means they're closing their tiny cafe inside Espresso to Go Go.
Little Lion Ice Cream owners Ian and Jubilee Miller are putting all their focus on their first stand-alone cafe, which they hope to have open by July 15 at the new Revolutsia. That means they're closing their tiny cafe inside Espresso to Go Go.

They're still planning to get their long-awaited stand-alone cafe and ice cream shop open at Revolutsia, Wichita's first shipping container mall, by July 15 — which is National Ice Cream Day.

And to help make sure that happens, Ian and Jubilee Miller, owners of Little Lion Ice Cream, have had to make a tough decision. At the end of business on Saturday, they're closing their "petit cafe," a temporary business that they opened last summer inside of Espresso to Go Go's location in The Lux, 120 E. First St.

The cafe sells Little Lion's ice cream, waffles and heavenly breakfast burritos in the corner of the coffee shop, and when the Millers first announced that they were taking over the little stone cottage that's set up at the front of the under-construction Revolutsia, they said they weren't sure what would become of the Espresso to Go Go location.

But they've decided they have to let it go.

"We want to put all of our energy into the main cafe," said Jubilee Miller.

On Saturday, the couple is putting on a "Last Hurray" for their temporary cafe. It will last from 8 to noon.

Espresso to Go Go will continue to offer Little Lion's pastries, Jubilee said. In the meantime, the Little Lion crew is formulating and testing recipes for its new shop, which will be in the the only non-shipping-container space in the development. The little building has been completely remodeled inside to include a fireplace, a loft and stone floors.

The Millers plan to decorate with a Moroccan theme and to continue selling ice cream, burritos and waffles. They also hope to add pastries and will serve coffee, too. Their space will have a Central-facing entrance as well as an entrance into the courtyard behind it. They'll have room for some seating inside and even more outside.

Stay tuned for updates on Little Lion's opening day at Revolutsia.

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