A popular local group of vegan ice cream shops will expand its reach in Boston: Fomu will take over the former Emack & Bolio’s space in the Fenway neighborhood, opening at 140 Brookline Ave., between Starbucks and West Elm. It’s steps from one of Fomu’s previous long-term pop-up locations.
The location could make its debut in March, according to Fomu founder Deena Jalal. Fomu Fenway will offer a similar menu to its other three locations in Allston, Jamaica Plain, and the South End. Though there won’t be an espresso menu at the new location on account of the small space, Fomu will offer other beverages and smoothies, plus baked goods, ice cream cakes, and, of course, its dairy-free ice creams. (All of Fomu’s products are free of egg, dairy, and other animal-derived products, and thus vegan-friendly. Most of the ice creams are coconut-based, but some are cashew-, almond-, or fruit-based.) Fomu also distributes pints to various stores in the Boston area.
The move into Fenway’s former Emack & Bolio’s comes full circle for Jalal, who left a corporate job to run an Emack & Bolio’s franchise before founding Fomu in Allston in 2012, later expanding it to the aforementioned additional locations as well as a variety of months-long pop-ups.
With this new location, Fomu joins a burgeoning food neighborhood, with more and more restaurants on the way to Fenway in 2019, including a fourth from Tiffani Faison and a stacked lineup at Time Out Market.
When it opens, Fomu Fenway will likely operate 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with some winter variations.