La Original Michoacana, an ice cream shop in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District that uses recipes from the Michoacan state of Mexico that date back to 1948, is moving out of Oak Cliff and into Arlington, according to the Oak Cliff Advocate.
The Advocate reports that the shop, which has been on West Davis Boulevard in Dallas, is moving because of “skyrocketing” rent. Owner Eliodoro Aguilar told the Advocate that when he opened the shop, his rent was $1,600; the landlord recently offered to renew for $6,000 a month.
Aguilar told the Advocate that his paletas sell best in Arlington, which is why he’s planning a move to Abram Street and Stadium Drive.
La Original Michoacana was featured in DFW.com’s 2014 story “Ice cream in DFW: behind the scoops,” in which we profiled a half-dozen DFW ice cream shops. The texture of Aguilar’s ice cream is closer to gelato than U.S. ice cream — but it’s different fromg gelato.
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“If you get an American [ice cream] machine, it’s going to give you different textures,” Aguilar, who makes his ice cream on-site, told us in 2014. “You get an Italian machine, it’ll give you a different texture. This is a Mexican-made machine, and it’s [like] you’re doing it the old way, before we had machines, where you’re almost spinning your ice cream at hand speed. It’s very low rpm, so you get no air in between your dairy and you get this great taste, this great ice cream.”
Aguilar has some offbeat flavors — avocado and pine nut have been on the menu — as well as a lot of tropical-fruit-based flavors using real fruit. There are more traditional flavors as well; Aguilar told us his two favorites among his offering were coffee and rum-raisin.
The Bishop Arts store will close July 31, per the Advocate; it’s unclear when the Arlington store will open.