Gold Cleaners to Become KikiLu Gelato, Artisanal Gelato + Espresso Bar in 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 2020.

Hoboken Girl first reported that a Hoboken KikiLu could be coming to fruition back in November. 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 KikiLu’s official Instagram, the owners have signed the papers and plan to open soon. 

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The News

“Future home of KikiLu Gelato — finally signed the papers,” the 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, 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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About Kiki Lu Gelato


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From this soon-to-arrive spot, definitely expect a vast array of gelato flavors. Their 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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{Photo credit: @kikilugelato}

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The Construction

Construction for KikiLu Gelato seems like it’s set to start soon and presumably, 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 once it opens its doors.

KikiLu joins a slew of other businesses opening their doors in 2020. From Garden Street Hemp opening at 103 Garden to Olivia’s, which is soon to come to 1038 Garden, the street has been seeing a decent amount of turnover this year. Hoboken will also be getting more ice cream options in 2020 — namely, Thomas’ Ice Cream on Jefferson Street, Mango Mango, and Sunmerry Bakery.

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