When it comes to ice cream, Atlanta has boundless options (Jenis! Morellis! High Road!). Frozen custard? Not so much, which is why husband-and-wife team Matthew and Heather Mohalski are opening Southern Custard on the corner of Ashford-Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads in the Brookleigh Marketplace.
Southern Custard will be a family-friendly custard shop serving this Midwest staple, which is not unlike ice cream, except that it’s whipped with eggs. “It’s a very rich, very dense product with a creamy smooth mouth feel,” says Matthew Mohalski, who previously spent 14 years as a bartender at Maggiano’s.
Coming in cups, cones, and frozen pies, flavors include classic vanilla, super chocolate, and one or two rotating flavors like raspberry, cookies and cream, or rocky road. They will make waffle cones in house, as well as whipped cream and pies like pumpkin custard. Patrons will be able to order malts, shakes, concretes, sundaes, and more.
As a child, Matthew remembers visiting Milwaukee’s Leon’s Frozen Custard, where people would line up to enjoy the treat, even when it was snowing. When he decided to bring that thrill to families in Atlanta, he and his wife enrolled in Wisconsin’s Frozen Dessert Institute to learn the craft. The 1,300-square-foot space will have a cozy, whimsical feel. “We’re trying to create that nostalgic feel with a modern bend,” he says. To do so, the space will be decorated in warm colors, with wood and stainless steel elements.