April 08, 2024

Meridian Cool Springs Brings Handel’s Ice Cream to Franklin

“No. 1 Ice Cream on the Planet” to Call New 1,400 Sq. Ft. Restaurant Building Home


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – APRIL 8, 2024 – Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream – the beloved brand known for its handcrafted ice cream, made fresh daily in each location – will open its first location in Franklin this summer at Meridian Cool Springs, the popular mixed-use development in the heart of Williamson County’s business district.

Handel’s is the first tenant of the development’s highly anticipated 990 Pad to be revealed. Construction continues on the new restaurant pad and amenity-rich, public green space, situated near the Meridian Cool Springs entrance off Carothers Parkway.

Handel’s will be located in a state-of-the-art, 1,400-square-foot jewel box building, connected to a soon-to-be-announced 4,700-square-foot full-service restaurant via a 5,000-square-foot public green with casual furniture and extensive landscape, inviting people to gather day and night.

Named the #1 Ice Cream on the Planet by National Geographic, Handel’s boasts more than 48 flavors available daily, including classics like Mint Chocolate Chip, innovative creations such as Brownie Batter Crunch and 140+ flavors that rotate seasonally.

The Handel’s brand dates back to 1945, when Alice Handel began making ice cream using fresh fruit from her Ohio backyard. To this day, Handel’s carries on the traditions Alice started – from making each batch fresh daily to using her original methods and recipes. Handel’s has built a large, active and enthusiastic following among ice cream lovers across the country.

Complete with a walk-up window for customers, the Cool Springs location will embody the brand’s commitment to creating a welcoming and family-friendly atmosphere.

“With this location, we’re bringing more than just world-class ice cream to Franklin,” said Matt Higgins, owner of Handel’s Ice Cream Cool Springs. “We’re creating a place for families to gather, share laughs, and dive into some seriously delicious scoops of unique flavors.”

This mindset mirrors Boyle Investment Company’s long-standing vision for the project.

“We see the 990 Pad – with two restaurants and beautiful green space – as a hub for the community at Meridian Cool Springs,” said Mark Traylor, Director of Retail at Boyle. “I cannot wait to look out of our Boyle office windows at Meridian Cool Springs this summer and see families gathered with ice cream cones, enjoying the beautiful weather at a project that has a lot of heart and intention behind it.”

Construction on the 990 Pad at Meridian Cool Springs is expected to be complete in late spring. Handel’s Ice Cream will be offering special promotions and giveaways surrounding their soon-to-be-announced grand opening date. To be the first to know about these exciting offers,

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About The Development


Meridian Cool Springs is a vibrant, 60-acre mixed-use development located in the Cool Springs area of Franklin, TN. Meridian is a truly unique development in that it delivers the conveniences of an urban mixed-use atmosphere to a traditionally suburban area with 900,000 SF of office space and over 70,000 SF of retail & restaurant space, including three on-site hotels.