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Doughnut Time's Comeback Has Started with the Opening of Two New Brisbane Stores

It's also opening two Gold Coast spots and three Melbourne stores before the end of 2018.
By Sarah Ward and Samantha Teague
November 30, 2018
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Doughnut Time's Comeback Has Started with the Opening of Two New Brisbane Stores

It's also opening two Gold Coast spots and three Melbourne stores before the end of 2018.
By Sarah Ward and Samantha Teague
November 30, 2018
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It was the sweet treat chain that rose faster than yeasty baked goods, then sunk like your stomach when you've eaten too much sugar. After closing down its 30 stores earlier this year during the collapse of then-owner Damien Griffith's hospitality empire, Doughnut Time is now set to return — imminently — under new owners and managers.

Talk of a comeback has been happening for months, it was first announced in August, but now it's actually happening, with three new Queensland stores opening earlier this month. Two stores have opened their mint green doors — in Brisbane City Myer Centre and on Grey Street in South Bank — and one in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.

And that's just for starters. Coomera, on the Gold Coast, will get a store in the next month, Melbourne is expected to get three new stores, in Fitzroy and Hawthorne and on Degraves Street, before the end of 2018 and Sydney is expected to nab a new store or two in early 2019.

With the chain now overseen by Queensland entrepreneur Peter Andros, Doughnut Time is eager to put the brand's past behind it — a situation that not only saw its previous stores shuttered without warning, but left many of its staff unpaid. "We think what happened to past employees is unacceptable," the company wrote on Facebook.

Fans and sugar fiends should prepare their tastebuds for a dose of the old and the new when the fresh batch of stores start cooking up a storm. Hit flavours like the Cate Blanchett (a milk chocolate doughnut covered in Tim Tam pieces) have been teased on social media, as have new vegan, gluten free, high protein, low sugar and keto options.

The stores launched with free doughnut giveaways. An interesting way to launch a company that has a past tainted by liquidation and unpaid wages, but let's hope, in this case, history doesn't repeat itself.

Find Doughnut Time at the Brisbane City Myer Centre, 91 Queen Street, Brisbane City, and 186 Grey Street, South Bank. The Burleigh Heads store is on the cornerof James and Connor streets. Three Melbourne stores are scheduled to open before the end of the year — we'll update you as soon as they do.

Updated: December 6, 2018. 

Published on November 30, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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