Beloved Portland doughnut shop Voodoo Doughnuts is finally opening its doors to the east coast.
After only operating locations on the west coast since its inception in 2003, the popular doughnut shop is set to open at Universal CityWalk in Orlando this spring, the first location east of the Mississippi.
The new shop will feature a multitude of Voodoo Doughnut’s signature originals, as well as one-of-a-kind treats like the Dirt Doughnut, the Bacon Maple Bar (a doughnut once sought after by world-class chef Anthony Bourdain himself) and the Grape Ape.
Created by Kenneth ‘Cat Daddy’ Pogson and Tres Shannon, the unique flavours of doughnuts offered by Voodoo have since made the bakery a cult favourite, already spawning half-hour long lines during early previews of the new Orlando store.
The multistory Universal shop will also feature the signature pink-theme seen in other locations, because as the bakery’s catch phrase suggests, “good things come in pink boxes.” Additionally, the new store will have a ‘treat carousel’ to show off the 50 plus doughnut options available to hungry passersby.
One of the company’s two founders Tres Shannon told Delish, “It’s going to be a doughnut palace. We used to joke that we dreamed of opening a doughnut palace, and we’d say things like, ‘wouldn’t it be cool to have a water slide in it?’ Now there’s one right nearby!”
The true test of Voodoo Doughnuts’ star power will be how it holds up against Universal fan-favourite Lard Lad Donuts, the shop known for making giant pink-iced doughnuts made famous by TV’s own Homer Simpson.
The Universal CityWalk location will operate in ‘preview’ mode so the staff can get used to operations and production in the weeks leading up to the official store opening later this spring.
In the meantime, doughnut lovers can check out one of Voodoo Doughnuts’ other seven locations – downtown Portland, East Side Portland, a food cart in Portland, Eugene, Denver, Austin, and Hollywood.