Hayes Valley's Johnny Doughnuts quietly closed its doors last month, as Hoodline earlier reported, announcing on Instagram that a new SF location was in the works. We didn't have to wait long for the announcement, and on Sunday, the Marin-based doughnut operation announced that its new neighborhood will be Pacific Heights.
Eater SF clarifies that the doughnut shop will be opening at 2404 California Street (near Fillmore), next door to Pizzeria Delfina, in the space formerly occupied by Smitten Ice Cream. (Smitten, which at one point had several SF locations including a stand at Hayes Valley's Proxy complex, now only has its Valencia Street shop along with locations in Oakland and San Jose. The Hayes Valley stand closed in February.)
"We’re so excited to bring our Johnny Doughnuts family to Pacific Heights," said Johnny Doughnuts owner Craig Blum in a statement to Eater. "This vibrant neighborhood is such a wonderful representation of the diverse San Francisco food culture and its rich history. We look forward to meeting our new neighbors while continuing to serve San Francisco for many years to come."
The plan is to open on California Street by the end of summer.
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Founded in 2012 as a doughnut truck that popped up in downtown SF and elsewhere, Johnny Doughnuts opened its first brick-and-mortar shop in San Rafael in 2013, followed by the Hayes Valle shop, at Fulton and Gough, in 2017.
The company uses high-quality ingredients and organic flour in its doughnuts, creating classic raised, old-fashioned, and Bismarck (filled) doughnuts, as well as fritters and the croissant-donut hybrid known a cronut — which they call "crodough" because "cronut" is trademarked by its originator in New York.