Cloverdale, previously better known for out-of-work loggers and methamphetamine labs, is in the midst of a downtown renaissance of sorts. The movie house has re-opened, long vacant store fronts have new retail tenants, the print shop is sporting a liquor license notice for a small beer factory, and a few new restaurants have opened.
Cloverdale Coffee Company & Ice Cream Parlor (105 E. First St., Cloverdale, 707-894-0846) is among the newcomers. I didn't pay much attention until I noticed the script on the window touting "Lappert's Ice Cream". Could it be? Yes, it's true!
The owner, Jeff, said it was tough to convince Lappert to ship up here. But he wanted the best, and Lappert's was it in his book. He's offering more than a dozen flavors, including Kauai Pie. Jeff asked whether I was "local", and I think it paid off with a kamaiina deal. The double scoop cone was more like a double-double; I doubt he made any money by charging me only $2.50 for that huge serving.
Other offerings are espresso and coffee drinks (Lappert's, of course), Italian sodas, pastries from Schat's in Mendocino, and hot dogs and sausages.
Jeff has another full-time job and takes the night and weekend shifts himself. His place opens at 5:30am on weekdays, 8:00am on weekends, and closes at 9:30pm or 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday. He has his eye on quality and I hope he can make a go of it.