It’s been a big week for change around 23rd and Union. How about some more ice cream?
“We’re going to do what we do everywhere,” Seattle food truck entrepreneur Diane Skwiercz tells CHS about her new Central District headquarters for Street Treats, one of the grandmamas of Seattle’s on-the-move food and drink scene.
The business moved into its new kitchen over the holidays at 24th and Union in The Stencil building. Come spring, the Street Treats counter will open offering scoops, ice cream sandwiches, and the cookies and baked goods that Street Treats has been featuring around the city for years. With the space inside dedicated to Street Treats’s kitchen needs, the new E Union sweets provider will be walk-up only. You can drop by the nearby parklet in front of Cortona if you’re looking for a place to sit.
Skwiercz tells CHS the search for a permanent home for Street Treats included more affordable neighborhoods like Beacon Hill and the Central District and Capitol Hill, “no offense,” wasn’t even an option. Still Skwiercz will be part of a growing business community in her new neighborhood. Neighbor Union Coffee — yes, from the Molly Moon’s ice cream family — opened in September and Feed Co. Burgers joined the building with a late October debut, and the Ponder pot shop opened just down the hill in 2015. Add the Midtown Center development and new buildings coming across the street at 24th and Union and another on the northwest corner at 23rd and Union.
Meanwhile, the Central District Ice Cream Company debuted a few blocks west in late December — come spring, Central District neighbors will have ice cream sandwich options in every direction.
Skwiercz says the secret ingredients for Street Treats’s long-term success have been the extra effort and expense of making ice cream from scratch — “no mixes” — and keeping flavors relatively simple. Around ten will be on offer to mix and match with its various cookie options. At the truck, Skwiercz said customers would have four or more ice cream flavors to pair with around four different types of cookies — 75% would decide to rock chocolate chip with vanilla.
“People are more basic than we think we are,” Skwiercz tells CHS. “They don’t like a lot of unique flavors. They like classic.”
The new Street Treat kitchen is located at 2407 E Union. The walk-up counter should be ready to treat you by spring. You can learn more at streettreatswa.com.