By Kristin Bednarski
Orange Leaf, a specialty frozen yogurt restaurant, is now open in Milford.
The grand opening for the location was Jan. 26, and owner Brian Hitzeman said customers seem to be enjoying the new restaurant.
“Since it opened everything has been going very well,” Hitzeman said. “We’ve had big support from the community.”
Hitzeman said they have been pleased with the turnout at the location, especially because it is winter. He said on opening day they had a line across the parking lot.
Why all the hype about Orange Leaf? Hitzeman believes it’s about the upbeat environment and opportunity to create your own dessert.
“They can expect a bright, upbeat environment that just has a perfect frozen dessert in mind,” Hitzeman said about Orange Leaf. “A quality dessert that they get to customize themselves.”
Hitzeman said Orange Leaf features 16 flavors of frozen yogurt, from traditional vanilla to birthday cake, and then 36 toppings to choose from, from Gummy Bears to kiwi pieces.
Once customers pick up a container, they can choose any combinations of yogurt and toppings they want. The yogurt comes out of dispensers in the wall and the toppings bar stretches to the cash register.
Price is calculated by the weight of the container and yogurt, so the more yogurt and topping, the more expensive the dessert becomes.
Hitzeman, who also works for the Cincinnati Fire Department, said he decided to open an Orange Leaf because he and his wife enjoyed going to the Orange Leaf location in West Chester.
“It is a fun place,” Hitzeman said.
Hitzeman said customers always seem happy to create and enjoy their dessert when they come into the restaurant.
Hitzeman said when he is not working at the fire department he is spending time at Orange Leaf.
The restaurant, located at 1090 State Route 28, is open weekly from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
There are several Orange Leaf locations in the Greater Cincinnati area. This is the first location in Clermont County, with the next closest in Anderson Township.
Hitzeman said he is looking at opening another location in Union Township near EastGate Mall sometime this summer.
For more information about Orange Leaf visit www.orangeleafyogurt.com.