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Eating Out - March 8, 2013

Shop Talk

CREAM ARRIVES ... The latest scoop: a new ice cream shop moving into the former Michael's Gelato at 440 University Ave. in Palo Alto. Michael's closed earlier this year after a nearly eight-year-run. Taking its place is Cream, a high-energy, family-run business that specializes in ice-cream sandwiches. After a successful start in Berkeley in 2010, Cream is ready to expand into Palo Alto. "It's a great fit," said Cream spokesman Gus Shamieh, who owns the shop with his father, Jimmy. "We offer premium products at affordable prices," he said. The small 1,300-square-foot shop has been home to ice-cream shops for more than a decade, beginning as Swenson's Ice Cream. "We don't need a lot of space. We're a well-oiled machine," Shamieh said. Cream's signature and most popular item, according to Shamieh, is a mint-chocolate-chip ice-cream sandwich surrounded by double chocolate-chip cookies. And it comes in at a mere 700 calories. "That's 700 calories of happiness," Shamieh said. Look for a late spring/early summer opening.

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