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Mitchell Brothers Ice Cream sets up shop in Solon.

We had hoped that when Pete and Mike Mitchell finally got around to opening a second outpost of their Mitchell Brothers Ice Cream, it would be in our backyard. It isn't, but at least the new Solon spot is a little closer to our lair than the original location in Westlake. And East Siders apparently have greeted the new ice cream shop with glee: The store opened quietly on March 27, but even before last Saturday's grand opening, fans were standing in line for scoops of handmade indulgences in flavors like lemon, coconut, banana, chocolate peanut-butter cup, and coffee chocolate chunk.

The new 1,950-square-foot store is a slightly smaller version of the Westlake operation, with a crisp, contemporary style, cheerful colors, and comfortable seating. The menu is also the same: more than 30 flavors of ice cream and sorbet served up in cups, freshly baked waffle cones, milkshakes, smoothies, or sundaes smothered in homemade toppings. The brothers craft their products in the rear of the Westlake store, in four-gallon batches using fresh, natural ingredients. As a result, Key Lime Pie ice cream sings with the sweet-tart essence of real limes, and mango sorbet is the very embodiment of a plump, ripe mango.

Pete Mitchell says that, not long after the 1999 opening of the Westlake location, he and Mike gave strong consideration to franchising, but ultimately decided against it. "We didn't want to overextend the business or make promises we couldn't keep," he explains. So, at least for now, no additional installations are in the works.

Both Mitchell Brothers Ice Cream locations (6137 Kruse Drive, across from Borders in Solon, and 26161 Detroit Road, in Jefferson Plaza in Westlake) are open year-round; winter hours are noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Once warmer weather arrives, the stores will be open until 11 p.m. nightly. Mitchell's ice cream can also be found on the menus of nearly 20 top area restaurants, including Lola, Kosta's, Johnny's, Watermark, and the Metropolitan Café.

Serve yourself . . .

Why did rock star Alice Cooper choose little ol' Cleveburg to receive the world's second Cooper'stown location? "The Rock Hall," opined a manager during the recent opening celebration. "Alice wants to be inducted, and he figures having his name out here on East Ninth Street can't hurt." The restaurant is at 2217 East Ninth Street, across from Jacobs Field.

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