The artisan waffle and ice cream concept will offer free gifts and prizes at its first Florida location opening September 10
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (RestaurantNews.com) The Dolly Llama, the Los Angeles-based artisanal waffle and ice cream destination, will celebrate its grand opening and expansion in Florida with its first location in Ponte Vedra Beach! Located in the center of the commercial district of Ponte Vedra Beach in 830 A1A North #16 Within the Tournament Plaza, The Dolly Llama will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, September 10 with a community-focused grand opening celebration! Starting at 2 p.m., the first 100 guests will receive a free Dolly Llama t-shirt and other swag items. Throughout the day, guests will also be able to score points on branded merchandise and enter to win giveaways and raffles for fun prizes!
The Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida opening is the second location to open as part of The Dolly Llama’s aggressive and immediate franchise expansion plan of 40 stores across the country. The franchise location will be led by husband and wife duo, Josh and Wendy Popkin, whose personal connection to The Dolly Llama co-founders led to the launch of this exciting new venture!
“We couldn’t be more excited to open the first Dolly Llama in Florida!” said Josh Popkin, co-franchisee of The Dolly Llama Ponte Vedra Beach. “There’s no better combination than hot waffles, innovative ice cream and the beach at the end of summer, so we can’t wait to celebrate and share these inventive waffle and ice cream creations with the community of Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville on our opening day. Plus, who doesn’t love free swag?! We fell in love with The Dolly Llama’s unique Insta value and are huge ice cream fanatics ourselves Wendy’s favorite ice cream is the Ultimate Cookie Monster ice cream and mine should be the Dolly Llama Shake, but it’s nearly impossible to pick a favourite!
The Dolly Llama is exploding across the United States with multiple units under construction and work. In addition to the Ponte Vedra Beach location, the concept will enter Nevada in the coming weeks with locations in Las Vegas as part of a 5-unit deal. Numerous other multi-unit deals have been signed in the Sunshine State, including Wintergarden, St. Augustine and other areas of North, Central and South Florida. Dolly Llama’s expansion continues to Houston, Beaumont and McAllen Texas, Mt Pleasant SC and New York.
“The Dolly Llama officially entered two new states in 2022, and it’s such an accomplishment and gives us the motivation to keep going,” said Eric Shomof, co-founder of the Dolly Llama. “Our Dallas franchise opened in May and is proving to be an absolute hit, so I have no doubt that Josh and Wendy will do the same in Ponte Vedra Beach!”
The Dolly Llama was designed to be a modern dessert shop where all customers can enjoy homemade waffles and ice cream in a cool, trendy and fun environment. The success of the concept can be, in part, attributed to its innovative and artisanal menu, but also the unique experience of visiting The Dolly Llama locations is what makes the stores a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The four locations currently open in Los Angeles and Dallas share an unparalleled aesthetic style and Instagram-worthy design with eye-catching signage, our signature llama and “wanted” llama prints along the walls, which the franchise locations will also reflect.
The brand prides itself on offering authentic European flavors and techniques, such as Belgian waffles using traditional methods, and the Hong Kong Bubble Waffle prepared with a special batter that produces a unique crispy, custard-like texture. . The two unique waffle styles – OG Liege Waffle, Bubble Waffle – are the basis of the “Top Picks” interactive frozen waffles and desserts menu, frozen waffle sandwiches and a “Build Your Own” menu, where customers are encouraged to “go crazy” with unlimited toppings resulting in endless flavor possibilities and combinations. Another staple from the brand is Signature Shakes.
The Dolly Llama currently operates three locations in greater Los Angeles and one location in Dallas. The Dolly Llama Ponte Vedra Beach location will be open Sunday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information on the franchise with The Dolly Llama, visit https://thedollylamaus.com/franchise/. To stay up to date with The Dolly Llama news and announcements, follow the brand on Instagram @thedollyllama_us and Facebook @TheDollyLlamaUS.
About Dolly Lama
The Dolly Llama was founded by real estate leader Eric Shomof and Samuel Baroux, a renowned European entrepreneur and restaurateur who wanted to bring his passion for food and desserts to the United States. The name was inspired by a real Baroux lama he met on a farm in the south of France, and pays homage to his country of origin. Since its inception in 2017, The Dolly Llama has dominated the LA waffle scene with its own unique take on the Bubble Waffle, Hong Kong’s #1 street food alongside Dolly Llama Shakes and OG Waffles, and aims to prove that not all waffles need syrup. In 2020, The Dolly Llama announced that it was expanding the unique and exciting brand nationally through franchising and has currently sold 40 units in major media markets across the country. The Dolly Llama currently operates locations in Downtown Los Angeles (611 S. Spring St), Koreatown (273 S. Western Ave), Sherman Oaks (14545 Ventura Blvd), and Dallas (2817 Howell St Suite 210). For more information, visit https://www.thedolyllamaus.com/ and for franchise information and opportunities, visit https://thedollylamaus.com/franchise/.