Sweet Melody to Open Coral Gables Ice Cream Shop

Sweet Melody, Miami’s only sloppy ice cream maker, will open a Coral Gables store in late July.

Sweet Melody owner Mike Romeu says it will be a full store, offering 16 different flavors from a rotating list, plus classic milkshakes, sundaes and pints to go. There will be communal seating for people who choose to consume their frozen treats in-house. “We’re going to have classics like Cookie Monster and guava cream cheese, and hopefully store-specific flavors,” promises Romeu.

Romeu says he was looking for places to expand Sweet Melody but Coral Gables came along “by chance” in the form of his friend Liza Lozano, owner of Sweet Servings Bar, who decided to close her ice cream shop in order to concentrate on his home life. “Within a few months, we had an agreement for me to take over the space,” he says.

Romeu, who closed his Palmetto Bay location in September, said the Coral Gables location will provide new opportunities for the ice cream brand he named after his 10-year-old daughter. “This location is central. It’s literally at the crossroads of Coral Gables and Miami and we’re close to restaurants like Versailles and Caja Caliente. There’s a cool vibe here,” he says. “I love my location in Kendall – it’s breathtaking – but here it feels like you’re in the heart of Miami.”

The new location gives Romeu the ability to serve nearby neighborhoods like Brickell, Coconut Grove and Little Havana with delivery services. “It’s a way to have a presence in Brickell and beyond,” he notes.

The Coral Gables boutique won’t be the only new addition to the Sweet Melody family. Romeu says a third location is in the works, although it’s too early to share details. It’s all part of his plan to make Sweet Melody a multi-location brand.

But he says the ultimate goal is to teach his daughter that anything is possible with persistence.

With that, he puts the phone on speaker to let Melody join the conversation.

“What do I always tell you, Melody?”

“Don’t give up,” her daughter replies triumphantly.

“I repeat that to him,” said Romeu. “It’s about perseverance. Never let anyone bring you down. I’ve been through so much in my life. I’ve lost someone I love, I’ve lost jobs. I want Melody way that I succeeded.”

When asked how much Melody has helped him on his ice cream journey, his daughter responds quickly. “A lot, because he loves me a lot and I inspire him.”

The obvious question, then, must be asked of a 10-year-old whose father owns an ice cream business.

How about having unlimited access to all the ice cream you want?

“I personally don’t like our ice cream,” Melody replies, letting her dad explain that she likes simpler flavors than his fancy creations.

“But she is very popular at school,” adds the elder Romeu.

Sweet melody. 3814 SW Eighth St., Coral Gables; instagram.com/sweetmelodyicecream. Opening end of July 2022.

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