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Longtime Austin Gelato Shop Is Closing in Rosedale

Tèo Gelato is giving away free gelato during its last day this week

The salted caramel gelato from Tèo Gelato
The salted caramel gelato from Tèo Gelato
Tèo Gelato/Facebook
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

17-year-old frozen sweets company Tèo Gelato is closing its shop on 1206 West 38th Street in Rosedale. Its last day of service will be on Friday, January 31, during which the store will give away free gelato to customers starting at 9 a.m. until everything is gone.

Despite the store closure, which is happening because of increased rent, Tèo will remain open as a company. It will continue to grow its wholesale and retail operations within and outside of Texas. This means fans of Tèo’s gelatos will be able to still find pints at H-E-B and Central Market.

Tèo founder Matthew Lee opened the gelato shop in 2002, and expanded with grocery store offerings in 2015. In order to open the shop, Lee learned how to make gelato in Italy. Tèo’s menu ranges from classic flavors like Belgian chocolate; mint chocolate chip; and vanilla to untraditional takes such as eggs and bacon; pecans and bourbon chocolate; and yuzu, lemon, and ricotta.

The gelato shop has competed in the Gelato World Tour (GWT) in 2014, during which it was voted as one of the Italian crowd-favorites in the world. It was also won the people’s choice award during GWT’s Chicago competition in 2016.

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