Donut Shops on the Rise
Life is sweet: Two popular locally-owned donut shops expand as newcomer prepares to open
The Houston area's rapidly growing choices for fancy donuts will see further growth in 2016 as two successful ventures add second locations. Both Glazed: The Donut Cafe and Pearland's Pena's Donut Heaven announced they're expanding.
Glazed owner Ose Ohen tells CultureMap that his new location in the Energy Corridor "will feature a bunch of new surprises" that improve upon the original location near the Texas Medical Center. While Ohen isn't quite ready to share his secrets, he does acknowledge considering whether to make the second location open 24 hours, too.
When it opens in March, look for the new Glazed to feature signature items like Bananas Foster and maple bacon that have made the original such a success.
As for Pena's, the restaurant revealed last week that it will be adding a second location in Pearland at the former Scooter's Coffeehouse on Pearland Parkway. In a post to Facebook, owner Raymond Pena promises that his location will also feature a "unique concept with some surprises" when it opens this spring.
Although both locations are in the southern suburb, they're almost 10 miles apart, which means that a new audience will be able to enjoy signature items like the dosant, a croissant-donut hybrid that's inspired by New York pastry chef Dominque Ansel's world-famous cronut. Like Glazed, Pena's also features both cereal and bacon as toppings on some of its wilder creations.
Finally, inner-Loopers are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Morningstar, the new donut shop in the Heights created by Blacksmith owners David Buehrer and Ecky Prabanto. If all goes according to plan, it should open in the next few weeks.