KENNEBUNK, Maine – Rococo Ice Cream’s Dessert Bar recently opened and offering an assortment of delectable delights and craft cocktails.
The restaurant at 8 Western Ave., next to Federal Jack’s, will be open year-round and has an extensive menu of more than 50 items, all averaging between $10 and $20, including adult milkshakes, mocktails, affogato and desserts.
“I see the dessert bar as the perfect place for a sweet drink or an afternoon treat,” said owner Lauren Guptill. “The romantic in me imagines it will be the site of many first dates, as well as a meeting place for friends and families.”
Fans are already bubbling to the surface, including a “Sea Bacon” Brownie Sundae that uses smoked eel from Portland-based American Unagi. Another playful dessert favorite is the Caviar Cake, grilled like French toast and bursting with salty, sweet and citrusy umami flavors. For traditionalists, Rococo Dessert Bar also offers sweet treats in the form of dark chocolate cake or a Root Beer float, which can come with or without alcohol. Finally, for guests looking for a cocktail experience, The Queen Has Spoken is packed with flavor notes, including gray cherry and pistachio jam, while the Soap Opera is a luxurious cocktail served in an elaborate glass and topped with a dash of Rococo. lemongrass sorbet.
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Guptill, founder of Rococo Ice Cream, moved her scoop shop to the Shipyard Shops center in Lower Kennebunk Village in May.
“After reopening our scoop shop in its brand new location, I decided to wait and open the Dessert Bar in September,” said Guptill. “I love September in the Kennebunks when the locals come back and I wanted to have something special waiting for them.”
Upon entering the fully restored space, patrons are transported from the docks along the Kennebunk River to the whimsical Rococo era. Everything about the Dessert Bar is inspired by the elaborate decor of the decadent menu, which will rotate based on seasonal ingredients from local Maine businesses and new creative visions from the culinary team.
Woodhull Maine was the architect and construction company for the Dessert Bar. Longtime Kennebunkport locals Christy Ried and Krista Stokes were the interior design duo that brought this vision to life.
The fantastic design will absorb guests’ senses upon entering the hotel with a romantic focus that can transport customers through time. The cozy room is a combination of lush banquettes, golden swan lamps, peacock wallpaper, elaborate tiles and more. A large marble bar is the focal point of all the design elements, and a distressed floor-to-ceiling wall mirror gives the room a grand feel.
While the design will leave people in awe, Guptill said the incredible selection of desserts and cocktails will make people stay.
Guptill’s recipes combine local and imported ingredients, allowing customers to “travel to other countries with every scoop of ice cream — passport-free,” she said. She added that she has created flavors that celebrate Cuban, Argentinian and Middle Eastern cultures and more.
“I’m pulling from a global palette,” Guptill said.
The new Rococo Ice Cream Dessert Bar and Scoop Shop is located at 8 Western Ave., Kennebunk Maine. The full menu is available for review at www.RococoIceCream.com. The website also offers a place to buy delicious Rococo ice cream flavors and have them shipped nationwide.