The team planning to open a new ice cream shop — called MOMU — this spring at the current location of Saugatuck Sweets, is, from left: Brittany and Daniel Morreno, owners of Kneads Bakery Café, and Christian and Emily Munoz, who together have formed the MMM Hospitality Group. / Contributed photo

By Gretchen Webster

WESTPORT — There’s a sugar coating for those disappointed by closure of Saugatuck Sweets after a decade, because another ice cream shop will be opening at the Riverside Avenue spot.

The owners of Kneads Bakery Café, located across the street from Saugatuck Sweets at 575 Riverside Ave., plan to open the new shop there in the spring as part of a new ownership team.

Plans for the new ice cream shop are the dream of two couples, all experienced in the food business, joining forces for the new enterprise.

The logo for MOMU, the ice cream shop that the MMM Hospitality Group plans to open at 575 Riverside Ave. in the spring.

The shop will be called “MOMU,” a name formed from a combination of the owners’ last names — Daniel and Brittany Morreno, who own Kneads, and Emily and Christian Munoz, who together have established the MMM Hospitality group.

The four met while working at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a high-end, farm-to-table restaurant in Tarrytown, N.Y., according to Emily Munoz, managing partner, who is handling marketing for the hospitality group. She is a private chef.

The Westport location of Saugatuck Sweets is closing Sunday “because it is not financially feasible,” Al DiGuido, the owner of the Saugatuck Sweet shops in Westport and Fairfield, said Thursday. 

The shop on Reef Road in Fairfield, however, is definitely not closing, he said. 

DiGuido added that he had not heard the Riverside Avenue space would again be occupied by an ice cream shop. “I wish them luck,” he said.

The MOMU owners plan to make their ice cream in the store, using fresh ingredients, such as fruit from area farmer’s markets. A small selection of non-dairy sorbets also will be offered, Emily Munoz said. 

Kneads Bakery was opened in 2020, “right in the middle of the pandemic,” she added. “It started out slow, but they’ve been doing great. It’s very busy on the weekends and for the holidays.”

The floor plan and “schedule of equipment” for the new ice cream shop was approved in November by the Aspetuck Health District, which noted several other town boards and agencies would be reviewing the plans before the shop opens.

 “We’re really excited,” Emily Munoz said. “This whole process is very exciting and we can’t wait to scoop our first scoop.”

Freelance writer Gretchen Webster, a Fairfield County journalist and journalism teacher for many years, was editor of the Fairfield Minuteman newspaper for 10 years and teaches journalism at Southern Connecticut State University.