Sydney sugar fiends can finally prepare their tastebuds for the return of one of Australia's biggest doughnut chains. Since closing down its 30 stores in 2018 during the well-documented collapse of then-owner Damien Griffith's hospitality empire, Doughnut Time has returned to Brisbane under new owners and managers, and to Melbourne, too. Now, it's Sydney's turn — but only for a six-day pop-up.
From 10am–4pm between Tuesday, December 8–Sunday, December 13, you'll find Doughnut Time at Macquarie Centre — on level three on the corner of Herring and Waterloo roads in North Ryde, that is — serving up six-doughnut ($38) and four-doughnut ($26) packs. The difference between the two, other than the price? The smaller pack features all-vegan doughnuts.
You'll need to pre-order in advance, though, rather than just stop by to pick up a circular dessert. Only a set number of packs are available each day — and you don't want to disappoint your tastebuds.
Flavours include 'Love At First Bite' (filled with Nutella and dusted with cinnamon sugar), 'It's Always A Gaytime' (a milk chocolate glazed doughy filled with honeycomb custard, topped with crushed biscuits and caramelised crepes) and the all-vegan 'Liam Hemsworthy' (a red velvet doughnut frosted with cookies and cream, crushed chocolate ripple biscuits and a chocolate glaze drizzle).
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.