Our Story

Established in 2012, District Doughnut is a team of chefs and entrepreneurs serving specialty doughnuts to our Nation’s Capital.  We handcraft fresh doughnuts daily at our store, featuring 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.

Our journey started in Union Kitchen, Washington DC’s beloved culinary incubator, where Chef Christine developed our signature flavors: Brown Butter and Salted Dulce de Leche. While in Union Kitchen, we operated through social media, catering, and event pop ups. If you tried our doughnuts during that era, you probably saw us delivering them in a suit and tie.

In September 2014, we opened our first brick and mortar in Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row neighborhood. A few years later, in June 2016, we opened our second brick and mortar in Cady’s Alley, Georgetown, in addition to a full service kiosk at Nationals Park.

Why We Went Into Food

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.

Our Philosophy: #HappinessFound and #Doughface

Our philosophy is simple: handcraft the perfect doughnut, pair it with locally roasted coffee, and serve it with a delightful smile. Our two favorite hashtags, #Doughface and #HappinessFound, embody the sense of warmth and happiness that we seek to evoke through our products and service.

We make each of our decisions, whether big or small, with a singular focus on quality. Our owner and Executive Pastry Chef, Christine Schaefer, carefully designs every element of our doughnut flavors. It all starts with our signature yeast dough, a recipe that Christine developed over several months of experimentation. From there, she carefully curates our toppings, fillings, and glazes, complete with fresh fruits, Argentine Dulce de Leche, and velvety French chocolates. Think of your favorite dessert, like Key Lime Pie and Valrhona Chocolate Creme Brulee, and then imagine it in doughnut form.

When you set foot in one of our stores, you are greeted with a cheerful “Welcome to District Doughnut!”. You’ve made it. You’re here. And we can’t wait to treat you.

What We 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!