Jeni's Gets Some Love from Fans in Short North

Kitty McConnell

John Lowe's latest online update says it in words. The love notes tapedFridayto the front door of the Short North Jeni's Scoop Shop provides visual confirmation: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has a lot of support in Columbus from the business community as well as customers.

Notes signed Whence and Hot Chicken Takeover express love and support for Jeni's alongside pleas from customers who are missing their Jeni's fix and want their ice cream back soon.

"While we have been working hard to complete the work that needs to be done, it has been impossible for us to ignore the amazing level of support we have felt. It feels woefully insufficient to say it, but, thank you," Lowe, Jeni's CEO, says in his April 28 report on efforts to eradicate listeria from Jeni's production line.

The Columbus-based ice cream company announced April 23 that it was voluntarily closing all scoop shops and recalling all frozen products after listeria was found in a random sample tested in Nebraska. Subsequent testing detected the presence of listeria in Jeni's production kitchen.

The company has been working with industry experts to clean all production facilities while destroying $2.5 million worth of recalled products-15 semi-truck loads of ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches. Lowe says the recalled products are being "taken to an anaerobic digester that will convert the dairy into electricity and a clean, natural soil fertilizer."

No word yet on how soon Jeni's churns will start turning.

Photos by Kitty McConnell