The Poncey-Highland location of Queen of Cream closes after one year at Plaza on Ponce, citing “the devastating effects of Covid-19” on the retail side of the Atlanta-based ice cream company’s business.
According to the closure announcement posted to Facebook, Queen of Cream and its owner chef Cora Cotrim will now focus on expanding the company’s online sales and wholesale and catering businesses.
Queen of Cream opened last September at the Plaza on Ponce between Insomnia Cookies and the Majestic diner on Cleburne Terrace. Cotrim told Eater at the time of the opening that she planned to concentrate on growing Queen of Cream’s wholesale business over the next year. Then, in December 2019, Cotrim closed the original Queen of Cream location in the Old Fourth Ward after four years on North Highland Avenue.
Last year, Cotrim collaborated with coffee company Revelator to open Coffee and Ice Cream at Lenox Square Mall and Sweet Tooth Cafe at Phipps Plaza. Both shops closed at the start of the pandemic and never reopened. Revelator has since gone on to close its wine bar Hazel Jane’s on the Eastside Beltline trail, along with the original Octane coffee shop on Marietta Street, which it purchased from founders Tony and Diane Riffel in 2017.
Eater reached out to Cotrim for comment on the closure.
Queen of Cream produces its ice creams using dairy sourced from a family-run farm in Waynesboro, Georgia, to create flavors like lavender honeycomb and sprinkle cookie, as well as vegan ice cream options. The company now offers its ice creams in pints at various markets throughout Atlanta, including Little’s Food Store in Cabbagetown and Savi Market in Inman Park.