Staff Intern: Kathy-Lee Cassie. SunO Dessert in Duluth serves its, front left, Banana Split SunO (banana, cookie stick, crushed nuts, chocolate syrup, and condensed milk, front right, Hawaiian (mango, kiwi, strawberry, mango syrup, kiwi syrup and strawberry syrup, and back left, the Dirt O' Oreo (oreo cookie, oreo crumbs, crushed nuts, gummy worms, chocolate syrup and condensed milk.
2570 Pleasant Hill Road No. 101, Duluth
Open since: August 2005
Location: SunO Desserts is located at Park Village off Pleasant HIll Road across from Super H Mart plaza. It is west of I-85.
Hours: Noon to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Noon to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Noon to 11 p.m. Sundays. Winter hours are subject to change.
Owner and president: Andy Chou
Atmosphere: Hanging snowflakes, icebergs peeking out from a blue backsplash, and blue painted walls give this restaurant the feeling of a winter wonderland. Director of Public Relations, Bridget London said they wanted the atmosphere to be something that young people would be attracted to and a way to mentor the youth. They decided to base the theme on the product that they would be known for -- Shaved Ice.
London said that the target demographic is mainly young adults so they try to make the atmosphere as laid back as possible. With surrounding glass doors, the dining area has a welcoming and casual feel with low-top dining tables and a couch situated towards the back.
- Menu: SunO Desserts is known for their signature SunO Ice.
Owner Andy Chou ,who is a third generation ice maker, along with a group of friends decided they wanted to build a business based on ice making. They wanted a menu that resembled snow and in so coined the term "SunO," which is a type of shaved ice cream with more of a water base.
They wanted a diverse menu, but simple enough for customers to be able to build their own personal dessert. The restaurant uses premium ingredients and fresh products to make the SunO Ice.
"It's kind of built around a build-your-own," London said. "You can take your base which has six different flavors of ice, and put whatever toppings, or syrups. YOu can make something specific to your taste."
The most popular SunO according to London is the volcano "because it has chocolate strawberries."
"People should get out and try it," she said. "This is the first place to have this concept and it is very unique."
The menu also offers dessert crepes, yogurt drinks, flavored hot tea, flavored milk tea and flavored tea.
Things you might not know: Creative Loafing awarded SunO Dessert "Best Shaped Ice" in 2010.
Twice a year, they try to come up with new menu options by visiting Taiwan.
Through the SunO Youth Leadership Program, they help local schools and youth to reward academic achievement and offer business education opportunities.