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Refresh Frozen Desserts and Espresso to restore Broadway’s fro-yo balance

Menchie’s can’t do it alone. Somehow, Broadway has survived the hottest summer in recorded CHS history with only one frozen yogurt provider. By August, forecasters say the Broadway frozen yogurt supply should be back to full strength — but this time with an independent provider in the mix.

In December, the Broadway location of the national Yogurtland shuttered. The space left behind by the chain will soon be home to Refresh Frozen Desserts and Espresso.

Bobby Gaon co-owns the new business with his wife and family members. He told CHS they snatched the space up as soon as it hit the market after another franchise player backed out, attracted by its close proximity to Seattle Central College.

The Broadway Building will see a summer of change for its tenant mix. Zpizza, another national franchise, is also planned to shutter and make way for something new in August.

Like Yogurtland, Refresh will serve frozen yogurt. The menu will also include “Italian ice, sorbets, soft serve custard and soft serve gelato” according to Gaon. Coffee sold at the store will be sourced from Kuma Coffee, a local direct trade roastery. The yogurt comes from Arkansas-based Honey Hills Farms. CHS pulled back the curtain on the inner workings of the frozen yogurt industry here when we talked to the owners behind the Broadway Menchie’s about their decision to work with a franchise.

The Refresh space is currently undergoing a $25,000 remodel. After it is completed, it will have an extended service counter, bar seating, and a graphic mural by a local artist.

Refresh is scheduled to open “early to mid” August.

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UPDATE: Oopsy! Forgot. There is anotherCrazyCherry still doing its thing just north of Dick’s.

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4 thoughts on “Refresh Frozen Desserts and Espresso to restore Broadway’s fro-yo balance

  1. No idea how Crazy Cherry is still in business. Every time I walk by there are no customers and the person behind the counter is reading their smartphone. Not being mean — just genuinely wondering.

  2. Yogurtland is still the best of the Froyo chains. Menchies is absolutely horrendous so this place has to be an upgrade from that.