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White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt to Open on Elmwood Avenue

Yes, it’s true. The former Dolci Bakery, located across from The Lexington Co-op, will soon be a occupied by White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt. The self serve frozen yogurt shop will offer 18 flavors at a time, and will have 40 rotating flavors throughout the year… not to mention myriad toppings. The Elmwood Village Association sent out an announcement earlier today, welcoming manager and part owner Andy Kandola to the street. “It’s time for the Elmwood community to experience frozen yogurt in a new way”, says Kandola. “Delicious fro-yo flavors like cotton candy, red velvet, classic vanilla will fulfill people’s dessert cravings in a health-conscious way.”
The Elmwood location is just one of multiple locations that White Rabbit will be opening in the Greater Buffalo and Niagara Falls area. With a prime location across from The Co-op, and plenty of window exposure to Elmwood Avenue, the business is looking to capitalize on its significant street presence, as well as a modern, hip interior renovation (see below). The rendering was recently featured on White Rabbit’s Facebook page.
White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt will open at 802 Elmwood Avenue in June 2013.

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo’s non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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  • Noothgrush

    I am sure that this is going to be a great spot for frozen yogurt. But, really, do we need another frozen dessert shop on Elmwood? Yotality is opening across the street.
    It is such a shame that Dolci is closing.

  • elmdog

    Here is what I don’t get…I know that people who own buildings can do what ever they want but how about advising some of them that over saturation will lead to a short lived business….This cant work…FROZEN YOGURT, ICE Cream and gelato…Yotality, Fowlers, Whit rabbit, Gelatario Luca, and there is at least one more that I am missing….2
    The old Dolci and the old Chow Chocolat spaces would be ideal for something new…Full Bakery, butcher, karate Studio, dance studio etc….I know this is scattered but just suggestions…
    Good luck to all of the new frozen yogurt places, I didn’t know that this was a hotbed market at the moment…
    Similar post somewhere else…I imagine white Rabbit frozen yogurt is right next store to yotality frozen yogurt…Near Hammock world

  • elmdog

    Nope….what we need is alot of things…but this space should continue to be a unique coffee shop……Elmwood needs a few more creative coffee stops other than SPOT and cafe aroma

  • Kelso

    Kinda off topic but I was in Globe on Hertel speaking with the owner of the building who also owns much of that block and he said a second Lexington Co-Op is coming to hertel soon. Has anyone else heard this that would be fantastic!

  • Liberty10

    I love frozen yogurt, but I have to agree with the other comments. I wouldn’t invest in another ice cream place. Geez

  • Lego1981

    We could use some more clothing stores for us guys. Not many options right now.

  • BloCity

    Sounds Great! Still very concerned about the lack of parking that will drop even more once they start construction on the new building between Globe and 7-11. I think this will become a big topic of conversation soon. Personally I don’t mind walking a block or two from my car but imagine most will.

  • The Boss

    well we do have Coffee Culture, Blue Mountain, Starbucks andO3. O3 is my fav, great espresso

  • The Boss

    I heared Co-op was heading for North Buffalo but not Hertel, maybe Kenmore?

  • grad94

    “omigod, like, i cannot park for free right next to my destination? well, that’s it. i am never coming downtown ever again. and i am sending a strongly worded letter to the buffalo news!”
    yeah, we know this blackmail well. been caving in to it for generations, much to the city’s detriment. sorry, it doesn’t work anymore. the real payoff is in bicycle accommodations, not ever more parking and highways:

  • millertime486

    I think people need to realize that this is a city!! I was reading an article in the Buffalo News about Iorn Works and the Cobblestone District which stated that parking is a concern for that area. Really! There are more parking lots than buildings over there! It’s so sad that people are so against walking, biking, taking public transportation…etc. Just something I wanted to throw out there.

  • LouisTully

    Try the Salvation Army on Elmwood. Great selection of pajama pants. Could probably pick up a couple scrunchies, too.

  • Lego1981

    You’re kidding me, right?

  • Noothgrush

    I don’t mind walking to a destination at all. But it does become problematic for people with small children (and the elderly) – especially given the cold climate. We also can’t bike! But I am not sure that most of the local development is geared towards us anyway 🙂 We go downtown as often as we can. But it would be easier if we didn’t have kids.

  • Noothgrush

    I meant to say ‘isn’t geared towards us’.
    One more thing, I have noticed that I rarely shop on Elmwood now that I have kids. I am sure that this will get easier as they get older. I almost never shop at the Co-op. I used to spend thousands there per year. But is very hard to get two small children in and out of the car and around the tiny Co-op in the middle of a Buffalo winter! The Bidwell Park Farmers Market, on the other hand, is great with kids.

  • Travelrrr

    What does the EVA do to attract businesses/a wide variety of businesses? Seems like it could play a role here to help diversify establishments.

  • Lego1981

    They should try driving and parking in NYC….Good Luck with that!

  • LouisTully

    Yes, it’s a joke. Though I took the opportunity to create some humor based on your typical derision towards anyone who could care less about appeasing the self-righteous fashion police, I agree it would be nice to have more options for mens stores in town. O’Connel’s is great, if a Bill for a single shirt is your thing.
    I wasn’t living here at the time but I recall about 5 years ago there was a full-service mens store somewhere in the city. Fill line of clothing and a mens spa/salon whatever.

  • elmdog

    yep…O3 has become our favorite restaurant and coffee shop…Clean, healthy food in a great location

  • ivan putski jr

    For cripes sake…by the comments here you would think another one of those dirty hookah restaurants was opening up……I love yogurt and think it will do well on the strip.

  • Jtown

    I can’t believe that elmwood doesn’t already have five of these. Buffalo’s late to the fro-yo option for sure. But, it’ll not only be popular but it’ll be a nice place to hang out and will attract even more foot traffic to the area. Win for the strip.

  • The Boss

    yeah millertime I read that, “not enough parking”, next to the Arena of all places….all there is is parking.

  • Christa Glennie Seychew

    FYI- A new men’s clothing store on Hertel just opened last week:

  • brownteeth

    I agree!

  • norwalk

    Maybe the Lexington Co-op is going to locate in the former Gino’s bakery on Hertel….One can only hope 🙂 I am amazed how this neighborhood is evolving…The homes seemed to be snatched up once they are put up for sale in a matter of days…Great for the city…:)

  • biniszkiewicz

    These landlords and tenants likely had no idea that the other guy was doing the very same thing across the street when they signed their leases. That’s conjecture. I could be wrong. But normally they wouldn’t know.
    Landlords don’t announce to their competitors: “Here’s the potential tenants I’m talking to”. You keep quiet until it’s a sure thing. What if your neighbor steals your tenant? Loose lips and all that.
    Ditto for tenants. They don’t necessarily want their super great business idea to get scooped up by somebody else instead. You don’t want somebody with more money or more control over property to steal your idea. You want to keep it fairly close to the vest so you can control it.
    My guess is these two entrepreneurs independently had the same great business idea and each identified the same outstanding location, thus verifying each others business acumen while sadly saddling each other with saturation.
    I’d be surprised if they both last, but I haven’t seen this fro yo trend others relate. Best of luck to both.

  • Kelso

    I agree 100%. As of late whether a double is updated or not it’s going for $165K and up in North Park.

  • JSmith

    That’s quite a rendering there. Takes me right back to the days of Wolfenstein 3D and Doom.