The parent to the Ample Hills Creamery ice cream chain and manufacturer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday. Company officials say the move is not related to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Ample Hills Holdings Inc. and related companies included 10 scoop shops, a 15,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and an online wholesale supplier, according to court documents. The reorganization includes a plan to sell all assets.
“We are taking the necessary next steps to preserve and ultimately bring Ample Hills into its next phase,” the company said in a statement. Chapter 11 bankruptcy will allow the company to “restructure and refocus,” officials said.
“We have learned a lot from our growth and this is a strategic decision that allows us to course correct and continue doing what we love most: creating a delicious product from scratch in our beloved Brooklyn home.”
The company added that the bankruptcy was not brought on by the current COVID-19 pandemic. “We are following all guidelines as outlined by the CDC and the NYC Dept. of Health to ensure the safety of our Amployees and customers,” the company said. “With that in mind, we remain open for takeout per the current guidelines.”
Ample Hills was founded in 2011 by married couple Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna and grew at one point to 14 locations in the greater New York area and Florida. A unit in Los Angeles closed in January.
The concept is known for flavors spiked with house-baked goods, like the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, brownies and Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace Cookies.
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