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Black Sheep Restaurants opens Messina Gelateria in Hong Kong

[Black Sheep Restaurants] Messina Gelateria

Hong Kong-based hospitality group Black Sheep Restaurants partnered with the Australian gelato store Messina to open its first location in Hong Kong.

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The first collaboration in over five years for the hospitality team, Founders Christopher Mark and Syed Asim Hussain are working with the team at Messina to bring a first-class gelateria experience to Hong Kong.

“We are passionate about gelato and consider ourselves connoisseurs, but knowing good gelato and being able to make it on a large scale are two different things; so when we think someone else can do it better than we can, that is when we look to partner,” commented Hussain.

“We were blown away by Messina’s gelato—we believe it is the best in the world—but also by their work ethos, which is very much in line with our own. The amount of pride and detail that they achieve at every level is really inspirational,” continued Hussain.

Established in 2002, Messina has become an institution for its assortment of freshly-churned gelatos available in an array of signature flavours and rotating specials. The superior quality of the gelato relies on their unwavering dedication to making everything from scratch, from raising their own dairy cows to establishing hazelnut and strawberry farms. Never using any pre-made bases or add-ins; everything from the gelato base to the cookies, brownies and coulis are made in-house.

In true Black Sheep fashion, the Messina experience is built on a commitment not only to the exceptional quality of the product but also to every guest’s experience in-restaurant, transforming a traditionally grab-and-go stop to an experiential dine-in moment that lends itself to creating long-lasting memories.

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Opening soon in Hong Kong’s historic Pottinger Street, Messina Hong Kong is set to redefine Hong Kongers understanding of a dessert destination.