The Metro: Dutch Girl Donuts to hold grand reopening this Saturday

After a brief closure and a soft opening last weekend, the popular Detroit donut spot is set to officially reopen its doors this Saturday.

Ferndale resident Chris Dempsey poses with his granddaughter, Noa Molnar, outside the Dutch Girl Donuts shop on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Ferndale resident Chris Dempsey poses with his granddaughter, Noa Molnar, outside the Dutch Girl Donuts shop on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Back in 1947, Dutch Girl Donuts first opened its doors on Woodward Avenue. At the time, it was renowned for its hand-rolled cinnamon rolls and iconic blue awning. 

Now, after a brief closure, it’s set to reopen its doors at 8 a.m. this Saturday, May 11. The shop’s new owner Paddy Lynch joined The Metro on Thursday to talk about the grand reopening — and brought some fresh donuts with him.

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Lynch says he approached the Timmer family — who’ve owned the shop since ’47 — after he heard it might be closed for good. John Timmer, the grandson of the original owners, will be working in the shop alongside many other former employees who have returned, Lynch said.

“My goal was to not have much change at all. We did take the opportunity to really freshen the place up, you know, paint it, all new lighting, new equipment, polish the terrazzo floors,” he said. “So the building’s really in great shape right now and ready, you know, ready for its return.” 

Although renovations were made, Lynch intends to keep traditions alive, he says.

“As far as the recipes and everything that people loved about it, nothing much has changed,” Lynch said.

He has a few new ideas for the business, however, including additional sweet treats and collaborations, he says.

“There’s a couple of things that we’re doing that I think are cool. The Becharas Brothers are longtime coffee roasters based in Highland Park. They’ve been there for over 100 years. They’re good friends of mine, and so they’ve created a Dutch Girl coffee blend, specifically for the shop. So, we’ll have really good coffee and people can buy bags of coffee to-go.”

A Dutch Girl Donuts ice cream is also in the works, Lynch says. 

“We’re in conversations with Ray’s Ice Cream about doing a Dutch Girl line of ice cream this summer,” he said. “So, I think adding really good coffee and ice cream to the shop will be a nice, nice touch.”

Dutch Girl Donuts will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Use the media player above to hear the full interview with Lynch.

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