“Like most immigrants to this country, my great grandfather, Hugo Jensen, had dream of starting his own business. Grandpa Hugo, being of Scandinavian origin, loved frozen desserts, especially ice cream. It was his true passion to make ice cream for his family and friends on those hot Niantic, Connecticut summer nights. Everybody loved Grandpa Hugo's ice cream and encouraged him to open his own ice cream shop someday. But the Great War called him to duty and work in the ship yards paid the bills later in life. Now Hugo's life long dream of producing artisan ice cream is taking shape with me, his great grandson, in a new venture...Hugo's Ice Cream!”
- Glen Brailey, Hugo’s Founder & President
What is Hugo’s Ice Cream Company?
Hugo’s will be a small-batch, artisan ice cream company with initial production in the Spinoza’s Kitchen. The plan is to create the brand/logo (Hugo’s) and market the product initially on Spinoza’s menu along with retail pint sales in the restaurant. A “brick and mortar” scoop shop may follow sometime next year if the concept appears viable.
Why ice cream?
I believe ice cream will be a fun, creative way to build and diversify the business and, ultimately, to provide additional opportunities for wealth creation for myself and my staff members. I see ice cream much the same way as I see pizza, that is, as a canvas upon which unique flavor combinations can be brought together in ways that makes people happy.