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Gelato Shop OK'd for New Bedford Hills Location

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Gelato lovers are in luck: John Mallegol has chosen Bedford Hills as the location for a new retail outlet for his successful Kent-based gelato shop, Johnny Gelato.

Mallegol got approval from the Bedford Planning Board Tuesday to move into 132 Green Lane, a plaza that currently houses a nail salon, a graphic design studio, a travel agent and a landscaping and irrigation business, among others.

Mallegol said that he and his partner have been in business for 10 years, starting out at the Stomping Grounds Café in Somers and for the last three years operating as Johnny Gelato in Kent, N.Y.

In addition to the 24 flavors they sell retail there, they also run a wholesale business providing custom-made gelato to the area’s restaurants, cafes, hotels and caterers.

"What we’d like to do at this point is to take the next step and sell gelato in other locations,” he said. He said the store will not be making the gelato, but bringing it from the main site batch freezers in Kent to the retail outlet.

At only 300 square feet, “we’re really moving into a shoebox,” Mallegol said. The space will house display cases for the gelato containers, cakes and gelato-sandwiches. Mallegol said there may possibly be a ledge where someone could stand and eat, but no tables and chairs like in a café or restaurant.

Board member Deirdre Courtney-Batson was in favor of the proposal, but questioned whether the three parking spaces allocated to the spot would be enough.

“In this case, I think we would want to discourage people from staying and encourage faster turnover, at least initially,” Courtney-Batson said.

Mallegol said that in Kent, even though the business has been around for three years at this point, the chances of the store having more than three families parked in front at any given time are very minimal.

The store was approved as a retail location, rather than a café, since it does not have tables and chairs. It passed with the following specifications, among others: the store will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, the product will be made offsite and the store will conform to Bedford signage rules.

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