Dining With Denise Neil

Little Lion Ice Cream will open in two weeks, but on wheels

Little Lion ice cream cart will serve flavors including milk chocolate, left, chai, center, and creme fraiche.
Little Lion ice cream cart will serve flavors including milk chocolate, left, chai, center, and creme fraiche.

Their original plan was to open an ice cream shop.

But Jubilee and Ian Miller have decided to start their business, which focuses on homemade, locally-sourced ice cream, on a smaller scale. The couple, who announced last year their plans to open Little Lion Ice Cream, is starting with an ice cream cart that they hope will fit into Wichita’s growing food truck scene. Their first outing will be April 9 at The Workroom’s anniversary party at 150 N. Cleveland.

“We’re planning on doing events and hoping to get into the food truck community a little bit,” Ian Miller said.

The cart is white and will have shade from a black umbrella. The cart and Little Lion’s logo and cups will likely be accented with bright colors inspired by the Millers’ travels in Morocco, Ian Miller said.

They’ll start with four flavors, though they haven’t settled on which ones yet. Customers can order the ice cream in cups or in homemade waffle cones. Little Lion also will sell ice cream by the pint.

The cart makes more sense for the couple right now, Ian Miller said, especially since he plans to continue his job as the head roaster at Reverie Coffee Roasters, 2611 E. Douglas. A brick-and-mortar store is still a possibility for the future.

“We are starting with the cart and going from there,” Ian Miller said. “Long-term, it is a goal, but we are starting with what is manageable for us at this point –focusing on building the brand through the cart.”

The Millers said they have dreamed of owning their own business since they got married seven years ago. Their friends rave about their homemade ice cream, which they make in flavors like strawberry balsamic and milk chocolate.

The Workroom anniversary party will feature food trucks and live music and will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 9. The Little Lion cart will be there from 10 a.m. until the ice cream runs out.

To keep track of the cart’s schedule, follow the Little Lion Ice Cream Facebook page.

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