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A Mini Doughnut Chain May Open Its First Michigan Outpost Downtown

A franchisee is exploring a location on Woodward Avenue

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

A national mini doughnut chain appears to be in talks to move into downtown Detroit. A local franchisee for the Dapper Doughnut tells Crain’s that he plans to take over half of the space occupied by Bangkok Crossing at 620 Woodward Ave. near Shake Shack and Grand Trunk Pub.

This would be the first location for the chain in Michigan. The classy fried dough menu — symbolized by (what else?) a bow tie-wearing doughnut — features items like bananas foster mini doughnuts, doughnut-topped shakes, and coffee. While the franchisee Corey Ward appears confident that Dapper Doughnut is heading to the Campus Martius area, the papers haven’t been signed yet and Bedrock is keeping quiet on a deal.

Of course, downtown customers don’t currently have to look too far for a fried dough fix. Harmonie Park-area fixture Dilla’s Delights is known for its creative doughnut flavors, which include some vegan options. Nearby, Detroit Mini Donut is also fixing up a more permanent doughnut shop to complement to its longtime mobile doughnut business.

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