Capitol Hill’s Skoops Eatery closing over lost lease

December 20, 2013

Skoops Eatery, a family-owned sandwich and ice cream shop at 1209 E. Ninth Ave. in Capitol Hill, is slated to close its doors at 9 p.m. Dec. 23. The owners are planning an appreciation party for family, friends and loyal customers that evening. Food and beverages will be served to celebrate an ending and new beginnings for the owners in the future.

“We are sad that our time at this location has come to an end,” said Tim Hamann, who owns Skoops with partner, Eddie Horn. “Our customers have truly become our friends. We strove to build a unique and friendly shop, and we like to believe that our devoted clientele proves that we achieved that.”

But if you read through the store’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skoops-Ice-Cream-and-More/197809026915916), you’ll see posts about disputes with the landlord, who for unclear reasons opted not to renew the lease.

Nonetheless, Hamann and Horn say they have a passion for food and a desire to remain in the industry. Though no definitive relocation has been determined, the business partners are investigating future restaurant opportunities. A Kickstarter campaign is slated to start this week as the duo look for support from customers, friends and family to help fund their next venture.

“We love our customers and deeply appreciate the amazing relationships that have developed,” Hamann said. “More and different people began to frequent the block, creating a whole new atmosphere over the years. We are surprised and humbled by the community support.”

For further information about Hamann’s and Horn’s upcoming plans, visit Skoops Facebook page.

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