By Haley Cawthon – Reporter, Louisville Business First
Feb 15, 2021, 6:35am EST
Duck Donuts, a new-to-market doughnut franchise, has set a date to open its first Louisville location.
The popular, made-to-order cake doughnut concept will open at 4600 Shelbyville Road on Saturday, Feb. 20. The St. Matthews shop is owned by Louisville Donuts LLC, a local franchise owned by Jeff Penn.
The Louisville store opening marks the 100th operational doughnut shop for the emerging franchise company. Russ DiGilio, founder and CEO of Duck Donuts, launched the brand in 2007 in the town of Duck in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
DiGilio will join the Louisville team for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store on the Friday before its opening date, according to a news release.
“Our family-owned donut shop has come a long way in 14 years and we’re excited to celebrate the 100-store milestone with our newest owner in Louisville,” DiGilio said in the release.
As I previously reported, Penn has purchased options to open additional Duck Donuts locations in the surrounding area, but nothing specific is planned yet.
The 1,275 square-foot retail store in Shelbyville Road Plaza reflects the franchise’s beach theme and family-friendly atmosphere, with a few indoor seats and two outdoor tables for warmer weather, the release continued.
Duck’s vanilla cake doughnuts can be customized with a coating, such as powdered sugar or chocolate icing, and toppings including rainbow and chocolate sprinkles, graham cracker, chopped peanuts, chopped bacon, shredded coconut and Oreos. Then, guests can finish it off with a drizzle of hot fudge, marshmallow, salted caramel or raspberry.
In addition to doughnuts, the Louisville location will serve Duck Donuts’ signature coffee blends — Riptide Roast, Light House Blend and Sunset Pier Decaf — espresso, donut breakfast sandwiches, donut sundaes, as well as new menu items including frozen beverages and milkshakes.
Duck Donuts will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.