There's about to be another paletas game in town, as restaurant group Fresh Hospitality reveals to Eater plans to open Padrino's Pops, a made-from-scratch popsicle concept, in Green Hills. Having signed a lease for space at 4002 Granny White Pike between the Copper Kettle and recently shuttered Pizza Perfect, Fresh Hospitality, whose other restaurant brands include Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q, Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint and Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, among others, is partnering with the daughter of Geronimo Mendoza, aka 'The Padrino (Godfather) of Pops.' Mendoza has been in the paletas business in Mexico since 1978, and his original recipes will be the basis for the project. Says Matt Bodnar, a founding partner of Fresh Hospitality:
We just think popsicles is a really cool space, and we just really connected. Our core principles are about creating really fresh food. Traditionally none of our restaurants have freezers, no microwaves, just a focus on freshness. That's the lifeblood between all of our different projects. And we wanted to try something a little more scaled down and still showcase that fresh, made-from-scratch food.