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D.C.’s Newest Ice Cream Shop Features Presidents’ Favorite Flavors

Presidential Scoops is scheduled to open on Friday, July 27

Presidential Scoops owner Jim Warlick tells Eater his friend helped him come up with the brand’s slogan: “Making America Sweet Again.”
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Downtown newcomer Presidential Scoops will serve the same ice cream flavors that U.S. presidents liked to eat just steps away at the White House.

The tiny sweets shop (1450 G Street NW) is scheduled to open Friday at 11 a.m. with a lineup of 16 politically-inspired scoops like Lincoln’s Salted Caramel Pretzel, Obama’s Strawberry Jubilee, and Nixon’s Cookie and Cream Crumble. President Donald Trump’s preferred variety? Chocolate chip cookie dough. The simple cup-or-cone order comes with one to three scoops ($4.95 to $6.95), with sprinkles for 95 cents extra.

Customers can get “trumped” by getting a double scoop — which is reportedly the dosage of ice cream Trump requests at meetings (while everyone else only gets one). Product is sourced from the longtime family-owned Bassetts factory in Philadelphia.

Patriotic-themed Presidential Scoops is owned by Jim Warlick, a lifelong ice cream lover who also owns neighboring tourist-driven businesses White House Gifts and Presidential Gallery.

Fun fact: Warlick has one of the country’s largest collections of John F. Kennedy memorabilia — including the last car he rode in successfully in Ft. Worth, Texas on November 22, 1963. And now, he’s got his favorite flavor of ice cream (JFK’s America’s Birthday Cake).

Presidential Scoops features waffle cone lighting fixtures. The spot will also be stocked with branded coffee cups and swag.
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For opening day, Warlick’s flying in Zachary Tzegaegbe — a six-year-old presidential scholar from Atlanta — to do the ribbon cutting. Tzegaegbe recently appeared on Steve Harvey’s show “Little Big Shots” and can recite nine inaugural addresses by heart. For the first hour or so of business, ice cream will be on the house.

Status: Projected to open at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 27. 1450 G Street NW; website.