NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The wait is almost over for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream fans. The door reopen at 7 p.m. Friday and customers are excited.
It’s been nearly a month since the popular Ohio-based company voluntarily closed all of their shops and recalled their products due to the possible presence of listeria. Click here to read more about the recall.
“I think it’s great that they closed it upon themselves and made sure that the public was safe,” Bobbie Long told News 2.
The company’s fears were confirmed when they announced that the bacteria was found on a spout of their production machine.
“It’s just like very honest and I think that will bring a lot of people back,” said Long.
Just last week the company announced that they started making ice-cream again from scratch.
Jeni’s CEO admits it’s been a bumpy road getting back up. It’s a move that nearby businesses like Cumberland Transit benefit from.
“I would say probably about 50 percent of the people who come in here, probably have an ice-cream cone or cup in their hand,” Cumberland Transit manager Jason Thienel told News 2.
For many, the ice cream shop is an eastside destination.
“We see all kinds of folks from outside of town that come here just for Jeni’s and then shop around all the other little shops here,” said Thienel.
Employees will start scooping again, signature flavors and some new ones.
Customers are expected to line up for the treat.
“I expect it’s going to be crazy and fun. It’s going to be a celebration,” said Sam Leatherwood a Jeni’s regular.
To keep up with the Summer demand, Jeni’s is now working with another dairy. They claim they’ve invested $200,000 in overhauling their kitchen.
The company also said new safety protocols are in place that go beyond the requirements of the FDA.
Jeni’s has three locations in Nashville. One in east Nashville at 1892 Eastland Avenue, in 12South at 2312 12th Avenue South, and at the Nashville Farmer’s Market at 900 Rosa Parks Boulevard.