All About KikiLu Gelato, The Artisanal Gelato + Espresso Bar Coming to Hoboken

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Hoboken, get ready for 900 Garden Street to stop smelling like fabric softener and start smelling sweet and delicious. An artisanal gelato and espresso bar called KikiLu Gelato is officially opening in Hoboken sometime in 2021. Hoboken Girl first reported that a Hoboken KikiLu could be coming to fruition back in November 2020. At the time, the owners of Italian spot Otto Strada said they were trying to take over the former Gold Cleaners location at 900 Garden Street. Now, according to the owner, KikiLu will be opening in Hoboken as planned in the coming months. 

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The News

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“Future home of KikiLu Gelato — finally signed the papers,” an Instagram caption reads. “Can’t wait to bring our artisanal gelato, espresso, cannoli, focaccia, and other authentic Italian desserts to Hoboken. Let the construction begin!”

Back in November 2020, the Hoboken planning board unanimously approved the owners’ request to change the 580-square-foot space’s property use into a Class III restaurant space, according to Jersey Digs. This change in use now allows the former laundromat to be used as (but first converted into) a restaurant space.

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The name KikiLu was inspired by the owner’s daughters, he shared. “I named it after my daughters’ nicknames – Kiki for Chiara (Ch is pronounced K in Italian) and Lu for Luna,” said Joe.

From this soon-to-arrive spot, definitely expect a vast array of gelato flavors. The account Instagram highlights flavors such as purple sweet potato, nocciola/hazelnut, espresso gelato dark chocolate stracciatella, and more.

Speaking of espresso, espresso-flavored gelato isn’t the only coffee you’ll be able to order on-site. KikiLu also promises to feature an espresso bar, cannoli bar, gelato pops, and serve Italian desserts as well. According to KikiLu’s Instagram bio, the gelato shop will also offer gluten-free, vegan, and non-dairy options for gelato-lovers with dietary restrictions.

Working on the Space

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The Construction

Construction for KikiLu Gelato has likely already begun, there’s a large amount of work to do. After all, as of right now, 900 Garden Street is a laundromat that needs to be turned into a food-grade restaurant. According to JD, the re-design is in the hands of Devino Architects + Associates, a Jersey City-based firm.

While there’s no official grand opening date as of yet, KikiLu did mention hours – the shop will be open from 7:30AM-9:00PM.

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