List of doughnut shops

Doughnut shops (also spelled donut shops) specialize in the preparation and retail sales of doughnuts. A doughnut is a type of fried dough confectionery or dessert food. The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty outlets. They are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole and often filled.


Doughnut shops have been described as common in Canada and as a "national institution", and doughnuts have been described as an "unofficial national food."[1] Per capita, the largest concentration of doughnut shops in the world exist in Canada, and Japan has the second-highest concentration per capita.[2] Per capita, Canadians eat the most doughnuts compared to all world countries.[3] The large number of Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada (over 4,600) significantly contributes to this consumption rate.[3]

United States

Within the United States, the Providence metropolitan area was cited as having the most doughnut shops per capita (25.3 doughnut shops per 100,000 people) as of January 13, 2010.[4] Many doughnut shops, such as U.S. national chains, serve coffee as an accompaniment to doughnuts.[5][6]

Doughnut shops

The following is a list of notable doughnut shops (i.e. shops whose doughnut sales have been the subject of significant coverage in reliable, independent sources).

Name Founded Country Description
Baker's Dozen Donuts 1978 Its headquarters are in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and it has 36 stores in the Greater Toronto Area[7]
BeaverTails 1978 Founded in Killaloe, Ontario (1978), the company's headquarters are in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Bess Eaton 1953 Founded in 1953 by Angelo (Bangy) Gencarelli Jr. and was known for its coffee and hand-cut donuts. The corporate headquarters were located in Westerly, Rhode Island, with up to 56 retail shops spread between Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. At one time, it was Rhode Island's seventh largest private employer of 750 workers and 650 workers when it was sold.
Big Apple Donuts and Coffee 2007 Cafe retailer in Malaysia specializing in donuts and coffee. The company is owned and managed by Big Apple Interasia.[8]
Café du Monde 1862 Coffee shop on Decatur Street in the French Quarter in New Orleans. It is best known for its café au lait and its French-style beignets.
Churromania 1997 Venezuelan chain of churro stores founded by Ariel Acosta Rubio and his wife, Maria Alejandra Bravo, in 1997.[9] The company is based in Miami, Florida and has more than 120 franchises in six countries.[9]
Coffee Time 1982 Chain of Canadian coffee shops that has its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. It was founded in 1982 in Bolton, Ontario.
Country Style 1962 Fast/casual chain of coffee shops operating primarily in the Canadian province of Ontario (where it ranks second among coffee chains)[10]
Daylight Donuts 1954 A chain with about 1000 stores, founded by Tommy and Lucille Day in Tulsa, Ok.[11][12][13]
Donut Diner 1988 Former Canadian coffee and doughnut franchise with locations and kiosks in and around the Niagara Region and greater Golden Horseshoe areas of Ontario. It was established in 1988 in St. Catharines, Ontario and grew to 30 outlets in the Niagara Peninsula.[14]
The Donut Hole 1963 Bakery and landmark in La Puente, California. An example of programmatic architecture, the building is shaped like two giant donuts through which customers drive to place their orders. The bakery is one of the most photographed donut shops in the United States.[15]
Donut King 1981 Australia's largest doughnut franchise, based on the Gold Coast, Queensland. There are over 360 franchised locations.
Dunkin' Donuts 1950 Founded in 1950[16][17] and now based in Canton, Massachusetts, the company has grown to become one of the largest coffee and baked goods chains in the world, with 11,000 restaurants in 33 different countries.[18][19]
Go Nuts Donuts 2003 Doughnut shop chain based in the Philippines with its headquarters in Manila. It is also referred to as "The Manny Pacquiao of the Donut World."[20]
Honey Dew Donuts 1973 Plainville, Massachusetts-based franchise selling donuts and other breakfast foods. It was founded on Church St. in Mansfield by Richard J. Bowen in 1973.
Hypnotic Donuts 2010 Popular doughnut shop in Dallas, Texas
J.CO Donuts 2005 Cafe retailer in Indonesia specializing in doughnuts, coffee and frozen yogurt. It was founded in 2005 and its headquarters is in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Krispy Kreme 1937 American global doughnut company and coffeehouse chain based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was founded on July 13, 1937. See also: Krispy Kreme UK and Krispy Kreme operations by country.[21]
LaMar's Donuts 1933 Chain of gourmet doughnut bistros founded in Kansas City, Missouri and headquartered in Denver, Colorado.[22] LaMar's has 25 stores in five states—Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska—and plans to expand to others.
Leonard's Bakery 1952 Well known purveyor of Malasadas in Honolulu
Mighty-O Donuts 2000 Seattle, Washington wholesaler and retail coffeehouse donut shop making GMO-free, zero trans fat, vegan, organic donuts.
Mister Donut 1956 Fast food franchise founded in the United States in 1956, now headquartered in Japan, where it has more than 1,300 stores. The primary offerings include doughnuts, coffee, muffins and pastries.
Mmmuffins 1979 Canadian coffee and muffin retailer founded in 1979. It granted its first franchise in 1980. The company, which has locations throughout Canada, is one of the largest specialty baked goods franchising companies in Canada.
Psycho Donuts 2009 Doughnut shop in Campbell, California owned by Jordan Zweigoron and opened in March 2009.[23] The theme of the shop is "craziness": it specializes in unusual donut flavors and many donuts' names are puns on mental illnesses or other mental health conditions, and the store's decorations include a straitjacket and padded cell.[24] It has been the subject of controversy because mental health advocates claim its theme promotes negative stereotypes of people with mental illnesses.
Randy's Donuts 1953 Bakery and landmark building in Inglewood, California, that opened in 1953. The building is a style that dates to a period in the early 20th century that saw a proliferation of programmatic architecture throughout Southern California. The building has a giant doughnut on the roof of an otherwise ordinary drive-in that is a dedicated doughnut bakery. There were 10 locations, built over the course of the 1950s. Only one remains, which is located at 805 West Manchester Avenue. At least four other big donuts survive, under different company names.[25]
Robin's Donuts 1975 Large Canadian chain of over 130 doughnut shops that operate in Canada. The first store opened in 1975 in Thunder Bay, Ontario[26]
1936 American doughnut chain with more than 250 franchised stores located in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.[27] Its headquarters is located at Northside, Houston, Texas.[28][29] The chain originated in Houston, in the 1940s after selling direct by wholesale since 1936.
Spudnut Shops 1940 Former American franchise chain that retailed potato flour doughnuts called Spudnuts. The parent company no longer exists, but independent stores remain. The original recipe is based on a folk recipe that traces back to Germany. The company was founded in 1940. In 1946, the company began establishing a nationwide chain of franchised Spudnut Shops. By 1949, over 225 Spudnut Shops existed across the United States.[30]
Tim Hortons 1964 Canadian multinational fast casual restaurant[31] known for its coffee and doughnuts. It is also Canada's largest fast food service; at the end of 2013, it had 4,592 restaurants in Canada, 807 in the United States, and 38 in the Persian Gulf region.[32] It was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario by Canadian ice hockey player Tim Horton and Jim Charade, after an initial venture in hamburger restaurants.[33][34]
Top Pot Doughnuts 2002 Chain of coffee and doughnut cafes started in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Top Pot began in February 2002 and was started by co-founders Mark and Michael Klebeck, who are brothers.[35]
Voodoo Doughnut 2003 Independent doughnut shop based in Portland, Oregon known for its unusual doughnuts and eclectic decor. In addition to two shops in Portland and one in Eugene, Oregon, Voodoo has expanded to Denver, Colorado; Dallas, Texas; and Taipei.
Winchell's Donuts 1948 International doughnut company founded by Verne Winchell on October 8, 1948, in Temple City, California.[36] It is now headquartered in City of Industry, California. As of 2006, there are over 170 stores in 12 western states, as well as Guam, Saipan, and Saudi Arabia. Several stores also operated in Nagoya, Japan in the past, with most stores located inside the Uny supermarkets, as Uny Co., Ltd. was the master franchise holder in Japan.
World's Best Donuts 1969 Doughnut shop and American restaurant in Grand Marais, Minnesota. It is an independent family-owned business that was established in 1969. The company has received accolades from various sources for having quality doughnuts.
Yum-Yum Donuts 1971 Chain of doughnut shops based in California with 71 locations.[37] In 2004, Yum-Yum Donuts purchased Winchell's Donuts, but continues to operate Winchell's shops under their historic name.[37] The headquarters for both chains are in the City of Industry, California.


See also


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