Prohibition Creamery, the East Austin boozy ice cream shop, is closing because owner Laura Aidan is declining to renew the lease, which expires this month. The 1407 East Seventh Street parlor’s last day of service will be on Sunday, January 17 for dine-in and takeout services.
Prohibition offered all sorts of ice creams, from alcoholic (pecan-buttered rum to whiskey chocolate to prickly pear mezcal to the absinth-based Green Fairy), non-alcoholic (dark chocolate sorbet to vanilla to cheesecake), to even CBD ones (the red velvet Afternoon Delight and the activated charcoal-vanilla Black Magic), with a variety of toppings, both boozy and non-boozy, plus add-on shots of liqueur for dine-in service. Ice cream concoctions ranged from sundaes, milkshakes, to floats. Drinks-wise, there are cocktails such as a take on the French 75, the tamarind-based whiskey sour, and a prickly pear slushie, as well as hot cocktails, beer, and wine.
Prohibition’s impending shutter was first noticed by a tipster who saw a “for lease” sign outside of the East 7th Street building recently. Still, even with the forthcoming shutter, Aidan wants to eventually reopen Prohibition Creamery at some point in the future.
Before opening the bungalow ice cream shop in July 2016, she had always been interested in creating and serving ice cream, despite working in software development with her computer science degree. In order to make that happen, she took ice cream courses at Penn State University, attended the chocolate program at Brooklyn-based pastry and chocolate school Valrhona’s, worked under a French pastry chef, and experimented with flavors at home.
Update, 2:01 p.m.: This article, originally published at 1:46 p.m., has been updated to include the source of the closing news as well as information about the “for lease” sign.