As the country begins to open up, we want to share our plan for returning to a ‘new normal’, including how we are maintaining the health and safety of our customers and employees as our top priority. Before the initial COVID-19 outbreak led to the partial closure of our shops, we at GIO Gelati had been actively working to establish our business and integrate with our community. Although these unforeseen circumstances hindered our plans, they did not stop us from serving our gelato to you, when – arguably – it was needed more than ever. Shelter-in-place became a reason to start up our new GIO Club membership program, which has been a great success ever since! We haven’t and will not stop selling our gelato, and we are forever grateful to our loyal customers who have stayed by our side during this difficult period!
When are we open?
As the days get longer and hotter, we look forward to a soft reopening that involves the proper precautions to keep our clients and workers safe. Our San Francisco location has maintained (nearly) regular hours (M-F 11am-10pm), while our San Ramon shop has been less accessible due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are excited to announce that we are coming back with full force! As of June 5th, our San Ramon location is now open Wednesday-Thursday, 2pm-8pm and Friday-Sunday, 11am-8pm.
What we’re doing to maintain health and safety standards
At GIO Gelati, we are passionate about complying with the health guidelines that allow you to safely and comfortably enjoy our delicious gelato. As we reopen, we continue to make cleanliness and hygiene a priority during both production and customer-interaction. This involves regularly sanitizing all materials used for preparing and serving our gelato, frequently disinfecting the shop itself, and requiring gloves for team members and masks for everyone who enters our shops.
Why we are passionate about the San Ramon area
We love our San Ramon location! Our product is centered in fresh organic California produce. Working alongside some of the other small businesses in the area has allowed us to team up with other ecologically conscious companies to promote the production of quality food that doesn’t compromise sustainability or natural sourcing. The bi-weekly San Ramon Farmers’ Market is a great example of these efforts. Our gelato cart is now a regular sight at the Farmer’s market and a moment of joy for many patrons. There we also meet our new supplier for many of our fresh gelato ingredients, such as apricots, peaches and nectarines, all of which are now in season.
Little did we know that San Ramon’s City Center was designed by Renzo Piano, Italy’s most renowned living architect! It is so exciting for us to join a community that welcomes us with displays of our heritage, and also invites us to integrate and belong. Feeling at home, while being pushed to keep up with the ever innovative Bay Area, has felt like the perfect combination. Along with other businesses such as Delarosa and its authentic pizza, we are thrilled to continue to bring an Italian touch to this hub of culinary ventures.