Dining With Denise Neil

This dessert trend has been on a roll in Wichita, but it's suffered its first casualty

Freezing Roll has closed after eight months in business at 21st and Maize.
Freezing Roll has closed after eight months in business at 21st and Maize.

Just eight months after opening near 21st and Maize, one of Wichita's original rolled ice creams shops has closed.

Freezing Roll, which opened in October at 2110 N. Maize Road, is empty, and the sign is gone from the building. Its owners, Liyong Chen and partner Irene Zhang, say they closed it so they could focus on a successful new shop they've opened in Texas.

The rolled ice cream trend has been exploding in Wichita ever since 8 Below first opened to long lines last summer in Union Station, 701 E. Douglas. Since then, 8 Below has opened two more shops — one at 2929 N. Rock Road and one at 1821 E. Madison Ave. in Derby. Kansas City-based chain Freezing Moo also has entered the market, opening a shop at Greenwich Place and then recently at NewMarket Square.

Rolled ice cream is a Thai invention where ice cream is flattened onto a pan that’s been frozen to a temperature of 8 degrees below zero. It’s then scraped into egg roll-sized rolls that are arranged in a bowl and covered with toppings.

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