There’s a new hot spot for cool treats.

Eskamoe’s Frozen Custard & More opened Wednesday in Waxahachie, offering a variety of award-winning frozen treats and hot snacks with fast, convenient service.

The restaurant is owned and operated by Chris and Ashley Carlino of Waxahachie and is located at 87 Northgate Drive, directly behind the Wal-Mart Supercenter. The store will employ a staff of 15.

“Chris has always been interested in owning his own business and we absolutely love Waxahachie,” Ashley said, explaining how they came to open Waxahachie’s newest business.

Originally from Monroe, La., Ashley said the couple has always enjoyed visiting the Eskamoe’s restaurant founded by Dan and Kellie Messer during their time in Louisiana.

During a visit with family last year, the Carlinos struck up a conversation with the Messers about starting an Eskamoe’s in Texas.

What began as a casual conversation led to a business venture the young couple couldn’t pass up.

After purchasing licensing rights, the couple began looking for a site location in their new hometown and have spent much of the past year getting their first business off the drawing board and open for customers.

“We’re very excited,” Chris said. “We were hoping to be open a few weeks ago, but we had construction delays due to all the rain this summer. We’re also waiting on our menu boards to arrive so we can install those in our two drive-through windows, but otherwise, we’re open for business. It’s just a matter of letting folks know we’re here.

“Once people come in and try our frozen custard, we know they’ll be back and bring their friends with them,” he added. “We’re also looking forward to getting involved in the community and working with the various community organizations.”

For those unfamiliar with frozen custard, it is an old-fashioned dessert created in 1919 on Coney Island in New York. Unlike ice cream, which is hard frozen, custard is served about 25 degrees warmer and has very little air whipped in, making it denser and smoother than hard ice cream.

At Eskamoe’s, the frozen custard is made fresh every two hours.

The store offers three flavors — chocolate, vanilla and the flavor of the week.

“One of the fun things about Eskamoe’s is all of the toppings and gourmet flavors that are available,” Chris said. “By blending in toppings and gourmet flavors with the custard, we can create just about any specialty flavor you can think of.”

In addition to frozen custard, Eskamoe’s also offers a variety of specialty items, such as sundaes, shakes and malts, custard pies, floats and freezes, fruit smoothies and more than 50 flavors of shaved ice.

“One of my favorite specialty items is the Brownie Sundae, and we make the brownies fresh daily here at the store,” Ashley said.

There are also a number of hot food items, including hot dogs, pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, soft pretzels, nachos and Frito chili pie.

Featuring two drive-through windows, Chris said the Eskamoe’s concept is designed to provide fast, convenient service for families looking for a quick treat without having to take the kids out of the car and stand in line.

“You can go through the drive-through, get your order and be back on the road,” he added. “We also have an outdoor patio dining area available for our customers — which is also available for birthday parties, sports teams and other groups in the community.

“We’re really looking forward to getting to know all of the different organizations in the community and working with them,” Chris said. “Eskamoe’s is all about families and the community.”

The store also has the capability to go mobile with a Tahoe detailed with unique Eskamoe’s graphics.

“We plan on doing catering events for various organizations in the community,” Chris said. “Not only can you come here for fun treats, we can bring the fun treats to you.”

The couple has two sons, Jared, 6, and Ethan, 3.

Eskamoe’s is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from noon until 10 p.m. Sundays.

E-mail Neal at neal.white@waxahachiedailylight.com