Downtown Plano is about to get a little sweeter with the opening of The Gelato Cone, an artisanal, all-natural gelato shop.
Mustafa Efendiler grew up in Macedonia in the family ice cream business, then moved with his family in 1956 to continue their business in Turkey for about 60 years. Mustafa had a dream to expand the business to the United States, so he moved to Texas to start a business under The Gelato Cone name, along with his partner, Selim Senocak.
The Gelato Cone is currently under local ownership but they are in the works of transitioning to a franchise style of business. There is already a Gelato Cone located in Dallas and in Allen, and they have plans to expand to McKinney and Frisco in the second quarter of 2019.
The shop offers over 50 total flavors of gelato and sorbet, rotating 24 flavors at a time. Some of the flavors offered are Special Pistachio, Coconut, Cookies, Nutella Crunch, Milk OCena, Peanut and Banana. They also offer several dairy-free options like Dark Chocolate, Mango, Red Berries and Peach.
Fresh waffle cones are made daily in all locations, ensuring a delicious aroma in the shop.
In addition to providing gelato and sorbet, a variety of smoothies are offered, such as Mango-Banana-Pineapple Splash, Pomegranate-Banana and Chocolate-Banana-Peanut Butter.
The Gelato Cone is unique in the sense that their all-natural gelato does not contain any cream, butter, syrup, artificial ingredients or preservatives. They only use whole milk, real sugar, fresh fruit and other premium ingredients. Due to the healthier ingredients, each scoop ranges between 77-120 calories and the flavors are more intense.
The Gelato Cone plans to open at 1005 E. 15th Street next door to the A.R. Schell building by mid-October.
Editor’s note: This Gelato Cone location opened for business on Dec. 1. It’s open seven days a week, starting at noon, and closes at 10pm Sun-Thurs and 11pm Fri-Sat.