Step aside, Cherry Garcia. Full Tilt Ice Cream has developed an ice cream flavor for storied grunge band Mudhoney, and the band — fresh off a 25th anniversary show with Pearl Jam — will play at the indie shop’s flagship branch in White Center on Wednesday.
Justin Cline and Ann Magyar, co-owners of the hangout known for creative local flavors and pinball games, are longtime Mudhoney fans. Cline said he had a friend at Sub Pop Records who helped him get in touch with frontman Mark Arm to see if band members would be into having their own dessert. He brought down some samples, band members picked the favorite, and they wound up doing honey cinnamon with a fudge swirl. “We use Shipwreck honey, which is a hyper local honey producer here in West Seattle,” Cline said.
More or less as a joke, Cline said, he then told band members that if they ever wanted to play an ice cream shop to let him know.
“A week later I got an email that said the band was into it. It’s going to be a bit crazy. My wife and I just went and saw them at Key Arena and made the observation that the stage they were playing on that night was bigger than my entire store,” he said.
The shop at 9629 16th Avenue SW will close at 5 p.m. to get ready, then re-open at 7 p.m. for the ice cream release party, with the concert at 8 p.m. The shop only holds 50 people, so it may be a madhouse, but the band will play in the front window and people should be able to hear from the street even if they can’t get in.
“I just really love the band, and I am so glad they would do it,” Cline said. (Next up? Maybe Sir Mix-a-lot? “I think we could come up with some amazing ice cream for him.”)
It’s a nice break for a four-branch shop that started up with a strong sense of community, helping revive a neighborhood that was getting a “bad rap,” and including a range of flavors representing some of the many ethnic populations in the area.
It may be Seattle ice cream, but it’s no Seattle Freeze.