Offering made-to-order doughnuts, Donut Sundaes and handcrafted milkshakes, Duck Donuts opens Saturday at Shoppes at Bartram Park.
Hand-dipped or drizzled with icing or simply dusted with cinnamon, sugar or multi-colored candy sprinkles, it’s your doughnut, your way when Duck Donuts opens Saturday in Jacksonville.
The new shop — specializing in warm, handcrafted, made-to-order cake-style doughnuts — is the Chipotle, the Subway, the Blaze Pizza of doughnuts.
You pick the toppings and Duck Donuts’ doughnut makers get to work, dropping your doughnut in the fryer before adding toppings of your choice. In about 5 to 7 minutes from placing an order, a warm, handcrafted doughnut is ready to enjoy.
When Duck Donuts opens Saturday at 13820 Old St. Augustine Road, No. 141 in the Shoppes at Bartram Park, it’ll be the first in Northeast Florida and just the fifth in Florida for the popular North Carolina-founded chain.
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The franchised location will be operated by Craig Hutchings and his family.
“We just found that there is no made-to-order doughnuts in this area, and they’re so delicious and so fun and it’s a family environment that we thought Duck Donuts would work perfectly in Jacksonville,” said Lisa Freeze, store manager, when asked how they decided to become a franchisee.
“Come and try us. Try us one time and we’ll win you over because our doughnuts are so delicious. We’re different from any other doughnut place nearby,” Freeze said.
For now, the Bartram shop is the only one planned for the Jacksonville area.
The doughnut shop is sandwiched between Sushi House and Grill and Jersey Mike’s in the Publix- and Kohl’s-anchored shopping center, that also includes First Watch, Panera, PDQ, Pollo Tropical, Bono’s Barbecue and others.
The 1,400-square-foot shop features the chain’s newly redesigned, iconic beach theme and family-friendly atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating.
But the made-to-order doughnuts are the star attraction — and customers can watch the process from start to finish from a viewing area.
“We’re fully customizable. We can build that doughnut any way you like it,” Freeze said.
The shop’s menu showcases a “duckzillion combinations.” Among them are maple bacon, cinnamon apple pie, and midnight madness — a chocolate cake doughnut with chocolate icing and chocolate sprinkles.
Seasonal and regional flavors are among the shop’s specialties. Now in season, the spring assortment includes a Key Lime pie doughnut with real Key lime with a sweet cream cheese drizzle is a popular seller.
So too, is the Sunrise, which has lemon icing with a raspberry drizzle, and the Cinnamon Bun, with cinnamon sugar and vanilla icing drizzle.
Customers also can create their own combinations beginning with the store’s signature vanilla cake doughnut as the foundation.
They select a coating, such as icing, which comes in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter, maple, lemon and blueberry among other flavors.
Customers then pick out a topping like rainbow or chocolate sprinkles, graham cracker, chopped peanuts, chopped bacon, shredded coconut or chopped Oreos.
The final choice is a drizzle of hot fudge, marshmallow, salted caramel or raspberry.
Doughnuts sell for $1.80 each, $9.25 for a half-dozen and $17.50 for a dozen.
The store also will serve Duck Donuts’ signature coffee blends — Riptide Roast, Light House Blen and Sunset Pier Decaf — as well as espresso and milkshakes.
And then there’s the Donut Sundae, a warm, made-to-order doughnut, topped with a scoop of Breyers ice cream and topped again with your choice of drizzle and other toppings.
Following abbreviated grand opening hours of 8 a.m to 5 p.m. this weekend, Duck Donuts will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Teresa Stepzinski: (904) 359-4075