Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream to close in Webster Groves


While Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream, a Webster Groves mainstay since 2003, will close on Dec. 23, owner Beckie Jacobs plans to open a significantly larger Serendipity store in The Grove this spring.

“This is so bittersweet for me. After 18 beloved years in Webster Groves, my customers have truly become family,” said Jacobs, who belongs to Congregation Shaare Emeth. “Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to come to an agreement with my landlord, who terminated my lease, and I’ve been unsuccessful in finding a suitable, alternative location in Webster at this time. Fortunately, my plans for a new location in The Grove have been in the works for quite some time and we’ve got some super cool changes in store for our guests with our new city location.”

New Location

Jacobs said the new Serendipity will have a much larger footprint, increased hours and an expanded menu. Coffee and pastries will be available in the morning, though the shop plans to stay open late at night, with a greater focus on “spirited shakes” (for the over 21 crowd. Non-alcohol options will also be available).

Serendipity will continue to offer a wide assortment of homemade ice cream, and also feature new items such as coffee floats (coffee over a bonbon), affogato (ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso) and poffertjes (tiny Dutch pancakes with an assortment of toppings).

The J advertisement

“For the past 18 years, Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream has closed the entire month of January and reopened the first weekend of February for ‘Ice Cream for Breakfast Day’. And that was the original plan with the new Grove location. However, supply chain and construction issues have delayed the buildout until spring. The good news, many of the restaurants that already serve my ice cream are stepping up to the plate to be pop-up partners,” added Jacobs.

Ice Cream for Breakfast

Serendipity’s annual “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” will take place at both the Parkmoor Drive-In in Webster Groves and Sliced Pint on Washington Avenue from  8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 5. In addition, other planned pop-ups will be posted to the Serendipity website, starting in February.

Serendipity’s new location in The Grove will be located at 4400 Manchester Rd., across from the Urban Chestnut Brewery. For more information on all of Serendipity’s festive flavors, holiday happenings and more, visit