What We Do -- What is your mission statement? What food do you produce?
District Doughnut is a team of chefs and entrepreneurs serving gourmet doughnuts to our Nation’s Capital. Our doughnuts are handcrafted and fresh throughout the day, with classic and internationally-inspired flavors. Founded in and for the DC area, we strive to infuse our pastries with the city's classic history and vibrant creative spirit.
Why We Went Into Food -- What is your origin story? What motivated you to become a small food business owner?
Throughout their friendship, our founders Juan Pablo and Greg spent many hours bonding over doughnuts. Upon meeting Chef Christine and tasting her pastry creations, they found both a kindred spirit and a master of her craft. In her Brown Butter doughnut recipe, they realized a delightful secret about which the rest of the world needed to know. Two years and thousands of doughnuts later, our team continues to share the District Doughnut experience with everyone in the Nation’s capital.
What Have We Learned -- What lessons have you learned over the course of the creation and execution of your business?
We believe that building something excellent requires energy, and perseverance. At District Doughnut, we make each of our decisions, whether big or small, with a singular focus on quality.
What We Love -- What do you love about being a small food business owner? The people? The food? The customers? The business aspect? Alternatively you can talk about What We Don’t Love
Doughnuts are a timeless favorite – especially in our great nation’s history! In rethinking this classic treat, we seek to bring people together through the shared experience of the most delicious product possible. Meeting fellow DCers from all walks of life and seeing them experience a District Doughnut for the first time inspires us in our pursuit of excellence. Our greatest satisfaction is in creating a delightful experience for each customer, whether we are in the kitchen or behind a desk!
What Is Next For Us -- Where is your business heading? A brick-and-mortar store? A pop-up? A large-scale production? Or is this the final stage?
We will be opening our storefront Summer 2014 across from the iconic Marine Barracks on Barracks Row in Capitol Hill. Our journey has taken us all around the DC Metro Area beginning with a debut at the Metro Cooking Expo, a special feature at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner, a weekly presence at Georgetown University’s student-owned coffee shop, and special deliveries to the CNN Situation Room. All of this was made possible through our membership at Union Kitchen. In UK, we found a temporary home and a launching pad for a future of exciting growth. We love you, UK family!