Duluth's The King of Creams restaurant is expanding into Hermantown.
The new restaurant will have everything that its original location does — ice cream, burgers, Philly cheesesteaks and beer — as well as a drive-through window for mobile and online orders. One of its owners is hopeful the new location will open sometime in March.
“We don't really want to change anything because I feel like we have a good model. And that's been working pretty good for us,” said co-owner Courtland Powe.
Duluth-based Platinum Properties is the developer behind the 4140 Richard Ave. building that King of Creams chose for its second home. The building is part of Platinum’s 12-acre Hermantown development.
The project, Powe said, was a good fit for King of Creams' second restaurant.
“We've been looking (to do) some sort of an expansion and this opportunity came — with the landlord up there, and that new construction, and just being able to increase our seating capacity, (and) with the off-street parking," Power said. "Everything just kind of clicked and came together."
The space will have double the number of seats in its original location, bringing the total number of seats to around 60, he said.
Its Central Hillside location sees a heavy lunchtime crowd. But the new location, up on the hill, may see more customers during the dinner hours. “We don't know that for a fact, but that's kind of what we're assuming at this point,” he said.
Powe thinks a younger, college-aged crowd will be attracted to picking up orders through the drive-through window, as the generation is more tech savvy, he said.
After running an ice cream truck for seven summers, Courtland and Rebecca Powe opened the restaurant in 2015. The restaurant's success influenced their consideration to open a second location, he said.
The new location’s hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday it will be open 12:30 to 7 p.m. It will continue running its food trucks year-round and ice cream trucks during the warmer months.
This story originally listed an incorrect first name of a co-owner of King of Creams, and an incorrect street address. It was updated at 8:48 p.m. Jan. 19, 2020. Rebecca Powe opened the restaurant in 2015. The new location is planned at 4140 Richard Ave. The News Tribune regrets the errors.