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Dallas is getting a new outlet of Miami's favorite artisanal doughnut shop: The Salty Donut is opening a location in Klyde Warren Park, at 2049 N. Pearl St., on the East Lawn of the park.

And according to a release, it's coming soon: Friday, December 2, when it will bring its craft doughnuts, coffee beverages, and quirky personality to the downtown Dallas community.

Salty was founded in 2015 by husband and wife Andy and Amanda Pizarro-Rodriguez as a pop-up, selling doughnuts out of a vintage 1950s Aljoa camper in a parking lot, right as the doughnut trend was starting to rise.They’ve earned nods from sites such as Thrillist and Food & Wine, and in 2018, co-founder Amanda Pizarro-Rodriguez was named a Forbes 30 under 30 for Food & Drink.

They have a regular menu plus regular seasonal offerings. Some of their basics include:

  • Traditional Glazed. 24-hr brioche, vanilla bean glaze
  • Maple + Bacon. 24-hr brioche, maple glaze, topped with in-house candied Rudolph’s Meat Market bacon + Oak Cliff Brewery Black Lager reduction
  • Brown Butter + Salt. Vanilla bean cake donut, brown butter glaze + topped with Maldon sea salt
  • Lone Star. 24-hr star-shaped brioche filled with ruby red grapefruit curd + tossed in grapefruit infused powdered sugar.
  • Horchata. 24-hr brioche soaked in a horchata mixture, bottom crusted with Valrhona Caramelia chocolate + finished with torched cinnamon-meringue
  • Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake Donut: Chocolate cake donut with chocolate glaze

There are currently six Salty Donut shops with a handful of additional locations in the works. This is the second Dallas location of Salty Donut, which opened its first in Bishop Arts in 2020.

“Klyde Warren Park is an incredible gathering place for the community and nothing makes us happier than being a part of the excitement. Ever since opening our first Dallas location in 2020, we’ve had our eyes set on finding new areas to open in and expand our reach,” says Danny Pizarro, CMO at The Salty Donut. “Klyde Warren Park is a unique opportunity to not only serve our donuts, coffee, and baked goods to park visitors and guests of the park’s activations, but also to bring our offerings to the offices and establishments surrounding the park. So whether you’re ordering coffee and donuts for a morning meeting or taking the family to see the fountain show, our newest “outpost” location in the park has you covered.”

The grand opening of the Klyde Warren Park location coincides with a very exciting weekend at the park full of holiday activations including the Holiday Show Tree Lighting Celebration, special light and water shows at the Nancy Best Fountain, Santa visits, and more. To celebrate the grand opening weekend and the festive events, The Salty will be offering free hot coffee and hot chocolate to park guests Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4, as well as surprise giveaways and promotions for customers at the park.

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New shop Rings Donuts determined to make the best doughnuts in Dallas

Doughnut News

An exciting new shop with must-try doughnuts has landed in Dallas near Preston Center. Called Rings Donuts, it's an independently-owned startup now open at 6053 Sherry Ln., with a noble goal: to make the best doughnuts in Dallas.

Many a shop has tried before, but Rings might actually succeed, thanks to the dedication of founder Bill Hennessey, a New York transplant with a passion for great doughnuts. Not frou-frou doughnuts. Not gourmet with a capital G. Just great old-school classic doughnuts.

"We do classic doughnuts, not gourmet," Hennessey says. "Our doughnuts are not topped with bacon or candy, they're regular doughnuts, but higher-quality than what you generally find."

Rings offers both cake and raised doughnuts, plus fritters, plus a cute little pig-in-a-blanket creation that they call "oinkers."

Their raised selection includes:

  • Glazed
  • Iced - vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry, with or without sprinkles
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Bob's apple fritters

The fritters are named for Hennessey's father-in-law, who passed away. "He really loved fritters and was a lovely soul," Hennessey says.

Their cake selection includes:

  • chocolate
  • blueberry
  • vanilla
  • old fashioned
  • blueberry with streusel crumbles

They also do doughnut holes in two varieties: glazed and chocolate cake; and a special celebration doughnut called the LuLu, a massive 11 inches across, which they frost and decorate for special occasions.

A graduate of TCU where he also played football, Hennessey is a lawyer and entrepreneur who started a successful title insurance company. He also has two young boys, Pearce and Reid, he wanted to see more often, and loved the whole nostalgic aspect of the quintessential doughnut shop.

"I also wanted to do a business that was creative in nature, and I've always been inspired by food, especially classic American foods," he says. "For me, a doughnut is a nostalgic thing. But my wife Dawn and I would take our kids to doughnut shops, and I felt like it was always the cheapest ingredients, lousy coffee, and a lackluster atmosphere."

"I felt like I could elevate every piece of this," he says.

He's surely elevated every piece. He worked with a consulting company to create their own recipe, so that it wouldn't taste exactly the same as all the other doughnut shops in town, and he's using a higher-grade shortening that costs more than double the price of the oil most other shops use. It has a major impact.

"The oil we're using fries cleaner, and the absorption rate is lower," he says. "You can really see the difference in the texture and the flavor of the doughnut. We also make our own icings and glaze. You'd be surprised at how many places don't do that."

They serve coffee and espresso-based drinks, with coffee beans sourced from Dallas-based Globex, including a custom blend for their house coffee, and Lavazza for their espresso drinks.

"We really are Rings Donuts + Coffee," Hennessey says.

One other big differentiator is on price. While "gourmet" doughnuts can run $3 to $5 a pop, Rings doughnuts are $2 each, and $16 for a dozen.

The shop's atmosphere is clean, modern, and bright, with a cool retro "Rings" logo and staffers who wear cheery pink shirts. It feels almost like an ice cream shop or dessert shop, a place for an indulgence. A neon sign says "Eat More Donuts" (although it really should say "doughnuts", tsk) and there's a tile wall where people already want to take photos with their doughnut purchases.

They're currently open 6 am-2 pm daily, although Hennessey says they plan to stay open later once the school year starts, possibly until 7 or 8 pm.

"We don't need to reinvent the wheel," he says. "We're not doing crazy concoctions. It's just that classic American doughnut, but better quality."

Shipley's Do-Nuts

Shipley Do-Nuts expansion takes off with new location in North Dallas

Doughnut News

A Houston doughnut company is making a move in Dallas-Fort Worth: Shipley Do-Nuts will open a location in North Dallas, at 17848 Preston Rd., just south of Frankford Road, in a former Taco Bueno. According to a spokesperson, it'll open bright and early Monday, July 25.

Shipley was founded in Houston in 1936, but is in big growth mode, with agreements to open locations throughout Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida, and Colorado over the next five years.

The company is expanding in North Texas thanks to Houston restaurateur Sam Khader, who owns and operates his family's excellent Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet concept, with about 25 locations in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, and McAllen.

The North Dallas Shipley Do-Nuts is first, and will be followed by locations in Corsicana, Ennis, Mesquite, Forney, Greenville, and Terrell.

"Like so many Houstonians, I grew up eating Shipley Do-Nuts with my family every Sunday, and when I moved to Dallas, I wanted to continue that tradition with my son," Khader says in a statement. "Shipley presents a great opportunity personally and from a business perspective, especially with the company's new leadership that is focused on growth, franchisee success, and guest experience. I look forward to bringing my love for Shipley to new generations of North Texans."

Shipley's new leadership is Clifton Rutledge, who was appointed CEO in 2021; he formerly served as executive chairman at Shipley, and previously was president/CEO at Bojangles Chicken and Biscuits, and COO at Whataburger, among other companies.

"Our strategy has been to continue building out our home markets in Texas, where fans know and love us, while also working to bring 'The World's Greatest Do-Nut' to new markets like Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and beyond," Rutledge says in a statement.

There is no shortage of Shipley Do-Nuts, with 20 locations around Dallas-Fort Worth. Although most are outside of the central metroplex in towns like McKinney; the only location inside the loop is on Ferguson Road in Casa View.

Like most doughnut chains, Shipley has its coterie of fans for its doughnuts (which they insist on spelling as "do-nuts" which may be phonetic but is also barely literate, come on, it's "doughnuts").

Their style is more classic than gourmet, and that's almost a relief, just to have a doughnut that's a doughnut, and not some party topped with slabs of bacon and other distractions, and also not at gourmet prices.

They turn your basic cake doughnut into an art form, with plain cake, buttermilk cake, or blueberry cake, each of which you can also get in a glazed version. They also have raised doughnuts, filled doughnuts, apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, and kolaches.

Shipley also launched a coffee program so that all locations will be serving the same coffee, taking a page out of Dunkin's book (New England doughnut chain Dunkin is actually the second biggest coffee chain in the U.S., behind Starbucks) and this store will open with that program featuring hot and cold coffee drinks.

Old-time doughnut shop in Dallas' Oak Cliff may take break in December

Doughnut News

UPDATE 11/30/2021: Lone Star CEO Marcus Johnson emailed to say that some of the information in the original version of this story was incorrect. The story has been updated; apologies for the error.

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Lone Star Donuts, a Dallas doughnut shop that's been around for more than 70 years, may be closing its shop at 1727 N. Beckley Ave. for a few weeks at the end of the year, for repairs and maintenance.

Its parent organization, Lone Star Consolidated Foods, will continue making baked goods including bread, biscuits, doughnuts, and pastries, for chains like Walmart and Sam's Club.

"The shop might be closed after Christmas or New Year's, when the traffic dies down," Johnson says.

But no more driving up for doughnuts baked that day, as well as the breakfast burritos, coffee, signature breakfast "puffs," and popcorn which the storefront sold Tuesdays-Saturdays from 7 am-2 pm.

Lone Star Donut's roots date back to 1950 but the shop has been at its current location since 1963. The company is credited with introducing the first automated doughnut production line to Dallas where you could see the doughnuts being made — a convention since popularized by Krispy Kreme.

By the '80s, they'd evolved to become Lone Star Consolidated Foods, Inc., with a wholesale operation that surpassed the doughnut shop, baking other goods such as cinnamon rolls and Danish for food service, supermarkets, restaurants, and other outlets.

By contemporary foodie standards, its doughnuts weren't fancy or varied. They had four basic options: plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or chocolate-covered, either in cake doughnut or yeast/raised, plus an apple fritter, jelly stix, and really, that was about it, very old-school.

In March 2020, oblivious to the looming spectre of the pandemic, they were still optimistically posting their full menu of doughnuts and goods.

But by November 2020, they'd cut back on hours and also stopped making fresh doughnuts, winnowing down to selling imperfect and overrun items from their production facility such as sweet rolls, cinnamon rolls, and baby cakes.

At the time, they said hoped to be back to offering their traditional products "once the effects of the pandemic have passed."

Much of the shop's mystique resides in its nostalgic value, from its prototypical '50s architecture to its classic Lone Star Donut retro sign, part of a long tradition of iconic doughnut shop signs — a reminder of a time and place that are long gone.

Johnson says that for now they're not reviving the doughnut production, although they're not ruling it out entirely.

"The shop is what brought us here, and we want to observe a faithfulness to our legacy," he says. "But it's not like when my father started in 1962. Before the pandemic, even when we were going full bore, the shop accounted for only 1 percent of our total revenue. We're waiting to see how much we bring back."

Photo courtesy of B.doughnut

New startup at Frisco Fresh Market makes deliciously chewy doughnuts

Doughnut News

Doughnuts are always welcome, but these doughnuts from a new indie startup are next level. Called B.doughnut, it's a doughnut concept new to Texas that specializes in malasadas — a Portuguese doughnut with Hawaiian and Asian influences.

B.doughnut was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 2015 by Brian Chanthapanya, and has earned national attention, including a segment on cooking talk show The Chew.

The concept has been imported to Texas by Titi Phommachanh, a friend of Chanthapanya's who moved from the D.C. area to Dallas five years ago.

Titi spent a year training in the art of doughnut-making before launching in DFW in November. It's currently open Saturdays from 8 am-4 pm and Sundays 10 am-4 pm at the Frisco Fresh Market.

B.doughnut uses a "sobao" dough that's different from what's used in regular doughnuts.

"It's a long process with multiple proofing stages that makes it unique," he says. "It results in a doughnut that's subtly sweet, with a unique chew."

The standard malasada is a small ball of yeast dough, fried, then coated with sugar and cinnamon.

"It's a Portuguese-style doughnut that went to Hawaii for some kind of fusion," Titi says. "In Hawaii, they mostly just sugar-coat it, but our spin is to add fillings."

They have 13 filling flavors including vanilla, lemon curd, coffee cream, and ube, the subtly sweet flavor made from purple yam that's popular in Asian desserts. They also do plant-based flavors such as berry glaze topped with granola.

Their doughnuts range from $3-$4.

Subtle sweetness is a B.doughnut hallmark. They also go the extra step with a savory doughnut which uses the trendy "everything bagel" spice mix.

"Brian experimented and created 'everything bagel doughnuts,' and those have been a big hit," Titi says. "It's a unique twist on doughnuts for people who don't want something sweet."

The Everything Bagel doughnut is available in two varieties: whipped cream cheese with bacon filling, or whipped cream cheese with chives.

Titi's original plan was to open a storefront until COVID-19 put that on hold. But it's coming.

"Until then, we decided to rent a commercial kitchen and sell on weekends at the farmers market," he says. "It lets us start slowly and get the word out about our unique doughnuts."

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Marathon and holiday trains make this a festive roundup of Dallas news

City News Roundup

This roundup of news around Dallas includes info about a festive new program by DART, an appointment at a local radio station, the re-naming of a city park, and an update on the annual marathon which is this weekend.

Here's. what's happening in Dallas this week:

Marathon weekend
The annual marathon is this weekend, specifically on Sunday December 11 with races on Saturday leading up to the bigger event on Sunday. One thing hard to find on their website is the route, but Dallas Police Department tweeted a map showing the loop it'll make: downtown, Uptown, Greenville Avenue, White Rock Lake, and back to City Hall. It starts at 8:30 am, so basically: avoid that entire area all morning.

The marathon is held rain or shine, and there is definitely rain forecast for this weekend; in fact a couple of Xmasy events around DFW have been postponed, including Merry Market at CityLine in Richardson and Santa Days at the Plaza at Preston Center. But marathons are all about endurance, so this thing will go on through heavy rain, thunder, lightning, high winds, and temperature extremes.

Hi Hiawatha
The City of Dallas has renamed Cummings Recreation Center in Oak Cliff in honor of Hiawatha Williams, founder of the Dallas-based Williams Chicken restaurant chain. The park is at 2976 Cummings St., mere blocks from where the first Williams Chicken opened at Ledbetter and Sunnyvale streets 35 years ago. It'll now be called Hiawatha Williams Recreation Center.

HR at WRR
Kurt Rongey has been appointed Assistant Program Director of WRR 101.1 FM, the classical music station previously run by the city of Dallas, now under the management of KERA. Rongey previously worked at WRR for 17 years as Operations Manager for 10 years, and hosted the Going Home Show. Rongey will help lead the classical music station’s conversion to an all-classical, noncommercial format and transition the management from the city of Dallas to KERA.

Festive DART
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has debuted its first annual holiday train and buses. There's just a single Holiday Train, wrapped with snowmen and hundreds of twinkling holiday lights to create cheer. The holiday train will travel throughout the entire DART Service Area, making regularly scheduled stops at each station along the route each evening, as follows:

  • December 5-11: Orange Line
  • December 12-18: Red Line
  • December 19-25: Green Line
  • December 26-January 1: Blue Line

DART's Holiday buses will travel on various bus routes throughout the DART Service Area through the end of the year.

DART will also host two Holiday Station events featuring radio, live music, a visit from Santa Claus, and promotional giveaways, as follows:

  • Saturday, December 10, 12-2 pm, Cockrell Hill Transfer Location, 4430 West Jefferson Blvd.,
  • Tuesday, December 13, 12-4 pm, Akard Station, 1401 Pacific Ave.

Anyone looking to ride the DART Holiday Train and Bus can use DART's “Festive Vehicle” tracker on the DART Trip Planner at DART.org.

Where to shop in Dallas right now: 8 hot stores for gifts and more in December

Where to shop

Move over, Santa, we've got shopping to do. Dallas-area shoppers are big spenders at the holidays, and local stores are ready to deliver the goods. This month's Where to Shop column has holiday pop-ups, new stores, and more to make your gifting season merry and bright. Whether you're checking your list twice or treating yourself, here are eight great shops and events to check out in December.

African American Museum Christmas Marketplace
The African American Museum, Dallas in Fair Park is hosting a unique "shop local" event celebrating Black artists and businesses. Visit the holiday pop-up from 11 am-3 pm Saturday, December 10 to shop for handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and more. Admission is free, and the event will also include performances by North Texas musicians, book signings by local authors, community discussions, art workshops, films, and guided tours.

Galleria Dallas permanent jewelry pop-ups
Nothing says forever like jewelry, and if you (or a gift recipient) are ready to embrace the permanent jewelry trend, pop-ups at Galleria Dallas will help seal that commitment. On December 10, 17, and 18 from 12-7 pm, Pretty Little Links will be at Tommy Bahama. On December 17 and 31 from 11 am-3 pm, Wisely Welded will be at FleaStyle.

Heyday
Gift yourself a holiday glow at Heyday, a one-stop skincare shop offering personalized facial services and products. Its first-in-Texas location opened at 3010 N. Henderson Ave., Ste. 105 on December 8. An introductory price is being offered for first-time facials, and memberships are available with monthly facials and enhancements such as Gua Sha, Microdermabrasion, LED Light Therapy, Professional Peels, Microcurrent, and Hydration Infusion.

Milton & King
Australian wall coverings manufacturer Milton & King has opened its first-ever brick-and-mortar and U.S. flagship showroom in the Dallas Design District, at 900 Dragon St. The store will also serve as the printshop to fulfill all orders domestically. You may have seen their high-end prints on the cover of Elle Decor or Better Homes & Gardens or in pictures of Jonathan Scott and Zooey Dechanel's home.

Shinola Detroit
The Detroit-born brand known for leather goods, watches, jewelry, and more is hosting a personalization event at its NorthPark Center store, 12-4 pm Saturday, December 10. Texas artist Andrew Manning will offer custom, hand-painted personalization and Maddy’s Kocktails will pour custom sips. Customers will be able to get watch boxes and small leather items decorated, and there will be additional opportunities for monogramming and engraving.

Teressa Foglia
Celebrity hatmaker Teressa Foglia has opened her first-ever brick-and-mortar pop-up storefront at Highland Park Village just in time for both the holidays and rodeo season. During the special six week pop-up, November 21-January 5, attendees can expect on-site custom hat making by Foglia and her team, along with an exclusive collection just for Dallas. Find it at 43 Highland Park Village.

Unbranded
After a multi-year hiatus, the Unbranded pop-up store has reopened for the season in downtown's historic Dallas Power & Light Building. This is the place for holiday gift shopping with Dallas brands including Ora et Labora (OETL Co.), Good Cycle Dallas, Good Things Vintage, P.B.N World, Crescente Patricio, and East on Rodeo. Hours are 11 am-8 pm Wednesday-Saturday, and 12-8 pm Sunday at 1511 Main St.

West Elm
The newest DFW location of the modern home decor and design services retailer is now open in Southlake Park Village. Located at 1001 E. Southlake Blvd., the 11,500-square-foot store offers furniture and home accessories for the living room, bedroom, bathroom, home office, outdoor, and more. Hours ours are 10 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday and 12-pm Sunday.


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Hatmaker Teressa Foglia has a brick-and-mortar pop-up at Highland Park Village.

New law on 'big cats' will ban cruel possession of tigers in Texas and U.S.

Animal News

Animal advocates in Dallas, Texas, and across the U.S. are celebrating the December 6 passage by the US Senate of a major law that will intervene on behalf of "big cats."

Called the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 263/S. 1210), the bill, which was sponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Richard Burr (R-NC), aims to end abusive practices associated with keeping big cats in captivity.

The Senate's passage follows the approval by the House of Representatives in July. All it needs now is a sign-off by President Joe Biden, who's expected to give the thumbs-up.

First introduced in 2012, the Big Cat Public Safety Act would:

  • prohibit individuals from possessing lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, or any hybrids
  • prohibit public petting, playing with, feeding, and photo ops with cubs

It will apply only to big cats kept as pets. Sanctuaries, universities, and zoos would be exempt. Current big cat owners would be grandfathered in but would be required to register their animals.

As a release from the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute notes, photo ops with cubs create a breeding cycle that results in a surplus of tigers who get dumped once they are no longer cute, manageable cubs. Cub-petting facilities have also been known to kill tigers once they get too big.

Thousands of big cats are thought to be in private hands, posing a threat not only to the public but also to first responders and animal control officers, who put their lives at risk when responding to animals that have escaped or attacked. The Big Cat Public Safety Act has been endorsed by a large number of law enforcement organizations and officers.

Texas has had multiple potentially dangerous incidents with big cats, including a baby tiger cub that was being kept illegally in the Dallas home of a mediocre rapper named Trapboy Freddy in 2022, and a pet tiger that got loose in Houston in 2021.

Brittany Peet, a lawyer for the PETA Foundation whose lawsuits against big cat abusers like Tiger King villains Tim Stark and Jeff Lowe helped pave the way for this legislation, says it's impossible to know exactly how many big cats are being held in Texas.

"Texas has some laws regulating ownership of wild animals, but enforcement is left to each individual county, making it impossible to get an accurate count," Peet says.

"But the other part of the law that bans public contact will have a huge impact on the population of captive big cats," she says. "If cub-petting facilities are no longer allowed, then there's no incentive to keep breeding cubs."