Jun 172014
 
(photo via La Divina Gelataria on Facebook)

(photo via La Divina Gelateria on Facebook)

The owners of La Divina Gelateria will close their Magazine Street location in the Garden District after this weekend to focus on their growing wholesale operations, but their locations on Loyola University’s campus and in the French Quarter will remain open, they announced Tuesday.

After eight years, the Magazine Street shop’s last day open will be Sunday (June 22). For more information, see the full email from owners Carmelo and Katrina Turillo:

New Direction for La Divina Gelateria:
Garden District Location Closing, But Loyal Customers Can Satisfy Gelato and Cafe Cravings at French Quarter and Loyola NOLA Locations, a Growing List of Fine Dining Establishments, and in Baton Rouge.

Today, Carmelo and Katrina Turillo announced that their Garden District La Divina shop will be closing as of June 22.

“We’re inviting our many loyal Magazine Street customers to stop in for a cone and a cup of Carmelo’s fine espresso and a hug or two over the coming long week end,” says Katrina, who has operated the Magazine Street location with Carmelo, since businesses began to restore the vibrancy of the city’s post-Katrina restaurant scene in 2006.

“This isn’t an ending,” continues Carmelo. “It’s really an expansion. As our wholesale business has increased with additional fine dining establishments like Domenica, Sylvain and Meaux Bar featuring our gelato, we have realized that we have to pay some extra attention to our wholesale operation. We plan to make our gelato available at some new venues throughout the state of Louisiana, and to spend some time experimenting with some additional gelato flavors and variations. There are just a few of us on staff, so it makes the most sense to close the shop on Magazine and devote more time and energy to the wholesale business.”

Still, it’s a bittersweet time for them, the Turillo’s say. “Our loyal customers and many hard-working staff members on Magazine Street have supported our business so enthusiastically from the very beginning, enjoying right along with us our son’s progress from preschool to middle school, and helping us welcome our daughter into the world last August, and it will be hard to say good bye.”

Final hours for this weekend will be: Friday 12 – 9, Saturday 12 – 10 and Sunday 12 – 8.

Visit La Divina at 621 St Peter Street and on Loyola’s campus at 540 Broadway Street in the city, and if you venture up to Baton Rouge, you’ll find La Divina next to Trader Joe’s at 3535 Perkins Road in Acadian Village.

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