BIZNOTE: Frankie and Jo’s about to open vegan ice-cream ‘pop-up’ on Alki

ORIGINAL TUESDAY REPORT: Cool treats are a hot commodity in summertime, and this summer you’ll have another option on Alki. The plant-based (aka vegan) ice-cream purveyors Frankie & Jo’s are opening a “pop-up” shop in the ex-Sushi Samurai spot at 2758 Alki SW, starting with a soft-open day tomorrow (and official grand opening Thursday). From the announcement:

This pop-up shop is reminiscent of their other scoop shops with a few exceptions: tons of purchasable plant life provided by friends at Glasswing Greenhouse and an exciting photo booth provided by Hello There You that includes an incredible custom backdrop installation built by DISCO NAP. They will also have their pint cooler filled to the brim for neighborhood passersby that want to pop colorful pints into their f&j *hello sunshine* reusable cooler bags and stroll over to the beach for summer picnics.

And don’t fret! The shop will have all of their everyday flavors: brown sugar vanilla, chocolate date, salty caramel ash, gingered golden milk, mint brownie, beet rose sorbet, chocolate tahini supercookie, date shake, california cabin, as well as their three aggressively seasonal monthly flavors. They will continue to make their gluten-free maple vanilla waffle cones in house, and have activated charcoal caramel sauce, Moon Goo, and their vegan chocolate sauce, Dark Cocoa, to top the scoops.

They’re planning to be open through Labor Day, “with the potential of a long-term location in the future.”

ADDED WEDNESDAY: They’re open! A look inside:

Also note, as a commenter mentioned, they are not taking cash. It’s an experiment at this store only, they tell us.

26 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Frankie and Jo's about to open vegan ice-cream 'pop-up' on Alki"

  • Colby May 28, 2019 (1:50 pm)

    This is a very very pleasant surprise.  We really enjoy their flavors.

  • AliAlki May 28, 2019 (2:04 pm)

    Great news! I love this place and can’t wait to have another excuse not to leave Alki when the weather gets nice :) 

  • WS Vegan May 28, 2019 (2:32 pm)

    Yeah! More vegan options in the neighborhood please!

  • Susan May 28, 2019 (2:54 pm)

    OMG so exciting! Their ice-cream is amazing and now I don’t have to go to Capitol Hill for a fix!

  • Luke May 28, 2019 (3:06 pm)

    I support this! See you soon 

  • Sandra J. May 28, 2019 (3:17 pm)

    Great news!Wonderful flavors, and top quality ingredients.No need to go to Capital Hill, or Ballard to stock up.

  • Emily L May 28, 2019 (3:22 pm)

    Is vegan ice cream really ice cream?        

    • Stefanie May 28, 2019 (7:55 pm)

      Doesn’t matter when it tastes so good!

    • sam-c May 28, 2019 (8:09 pm)

      Emily, try it and find out!  I will admit that I tried some vegan ice cream at Salt and Straw, but it tasted so much like the coconut milk used to make it, I couldn’t even detect much of the flavor it was supposed to be.I am looking forward to trying this- heard so many good things about Frankie and Jos

      • newnative May 30, 2019 (11:08 am)

        Full Tilt has been serving vegan ice cream and it’s great. 

    • Nolan May 29, 2019 (9:40 am)


  • D May 28, 2019 (3:23 pm)

    Yay!  I’m glad they have some non dairy dessert options!

  • Amy May 28, 2019 (5:29 pm)

    Any idea of the hours? 

    • WSB May 28, 2019 (6:01 pm)

      Noon-11 pm.

  • Diane May 28, 2019 (5:48 pm)

    Just walked by – it looks great!!!  Welcome to the ‘hood!  

  • Hau May 28, 2019 (6:24 pm)

  • Airwolf May 29, 2019 (8:57 am)

    Great news there is Gluten free waffle cones. Haven’t found that anywhere else.  will give them a try

  • Gluten and dairy free lady May 29, 2019 (9:45 am)

    YIPPEE!!!!  Good thing I don’t live closer…..I would be there every day. I have been wishing for a vegan ice cream option in West Seattle!! Welcome!

  • Peeb May 29, 2019 (11:19 am)

    F&Js is the best! Their flavors are imaginative and delicious, and honestly you’d never know it was vegan. Happy to have them here for the summer, and really, really hope they’ll stay! 

  • MJ May 29, 2019 (5:56 pm)

    I thought the term ice cream is for dairy products.  What is being proposed is vegan, thus Frozen Treats may be the better term?  I wish the proprioritor success at this location.  

    • Nolan May 29, 2019 (7:26 pm)

      Nope, it’s ice cream.

  • JTM May 29, 2019 (6:15 pm)

    This place is awesome! Great addition to Alki for the summer. The soft opening going on right now is a hit with my four year old.

  • zipda May 29, 2019 (11:02 pm)

    My Frenchie loved it too. She’s a vegetarian  in training.

  • JEB May 29, 2019 (11:04 pm)

    So incredibly excited about this! Have loved their flavors ever since they opened on Cap Hill and am ecstatic to have them in WS now!! REALLY hoping they stick around long term!! We will be there all the time for sure!

  • ESR May 30, 2019 (9:35 am)

    So excited about this, LOVE Frankie + Jo’s and will be going a ton.

  • Olivia Andrus May 31, 2019 (8:21 pm)

    Love Frankie + Jo’s! This is so exciting to have them in WS – I really hope they stay long term.

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