Downtown mainstay, Francesco’s Gelato, is closing its doors after 16 years in business. The announcement was made last Saturday on their Facebook page, prompting an outpouring of support from the community. Their last days in operation will be Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th, from 3 – 9 p.m.
The renowned gelateria was founded in 2009 by Gregg and Corinne Oberlin, who fell in love with gelato visiting their daughter in Italy. Before opening their storefront on 2nd St, Gregg and his daughter Natalie learned traditional methods of preparing gelato in Texas from Luciano Ferrari. Gregg put his experience as a contractor to good use in the renovation of the building, creating Francesco’s iconic facade of an Italian villa.
Their menu featured a constantly changing selection of flavors, some of which, including French vanilla, cookies & rum, amaretto, caramel and tiramisu were imported directly from Italy, as were their distinctive plastic cups and spoons. A popular treat was their affogato, espresso poured over gelato.
Just last month, Francesco’s earned a spot on the Oregon Ice Cream Trail, a list of 53 ice cream shops across the state compiled by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council in celebration of National Ice Cream Month.
By Brandon Urey