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Maryland-Based Moorenko’s Ice Cream Is Opening Its First D.C. Shop in Eastern Market

The 18-year-old ice cream brand will replace a former Trickling Springs location

Moorenko’s is en route to Eastern Market soon.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Moorenko’s, a Maryland-based ice cream brand that has become a local fixture known for extravagantly rich and creamy flavors, will open its first D.C. location in Eastern Market. Founder Susan Soorenko says the essential ice cream chain just signed a lease in Eastern Market at 720 C Street SE and hopes to begin operating this summer.

Moorenko’s will slide into a 722-square-foot space that recently housed a Trickling Springs Creamery store. The creamery suddenly shut down production last fall, forcing the year-old Eastern Market location to call it quits.

Moorenko’s, which gets its dairy from grass-fed cows raised on family-owned farms in Pennsylvania, plans to serve its “ultra-premium” ice cream and sorbets, milkshakes, French-pressed coffee, and craft sodas at its incoming location. Any product containing more than 16 percent milk fat is considered “ultra-premium”; Moorenko’s contains 17 percent. Flavors include include cherry stracciatella, salted caramel with pralines, and cookie overload.

Soorenko built up her craft by studying under ice cream experts in New York and a master gelato maker in Italy before debuting her brand locally in 2002. Soorenkos’s Silver Spring and Ellicott City stores reopened this month with limited hours (noon to 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday). The ice cream is also sold at specialty grocers across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Scoops can also be found at Henry’s Sweet Retreat in Bethesda and in pint form at various area grocers.
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COVID-19 restrictions will apply at its latest location, Soorenko says, including mask requirements, a limited number of customers in the store at a time, and no seating.

Another Maryland ice cream shop is in expansion mode: Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream just announced plans to open a second local shop in Bethesda’s Wildwood Shopping Center later this summer.

Moorenko's Ice Cream

8030 Georgia Ave Ste B, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 565-7804 Visit Website