Sheyay Sheyya, the owner of the ice cream and ice cream shop in downtown Los Angeles, told Recode he started to have more trouble than he would like after the first few months of business.
Sheyaya said he lost a customer and had to shut down for about six months.
He’s seen an uptick in demand for ice cream since he opened in the spring of 2017, and the company is expanding.
“We’re now in the process of expanding our business in a very healthy way, and it’s something I would love to do for a while longer,” he said.
In January 2018, Heyaya received a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand the business and open a new location.
Heyayaya said the grants will allow him to hire more staff, hire employees, hire more refrigerators and more ice cream flavors.
The first of the new locations will open this summer.