Voodoo Doughnut

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Voodoo Doughnut
Voodoo Doughnut Portland Oregon.JPG
Main Location of Voodoo Donut in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Restaurant information
Slogan "The Magic is in the Hole"
Established 2003 (2003)[1] or 2002 (2002)[2]
Current owner(s) Tres Shannon and
Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson[3][4]
Food type Doughnuts
Dress code Casual
Street address 22 SW 3rd Avenue
45°31′21″N 122°40′24″W / 45.522558°N 122.673447°W / 45.522558; -122.673447Coordinates: 45°31′21″N 122°40′24″W / 45.522558°N 122.673447°W / 45.522558; -122.673447
City Portland
State Oregon
Country  United States
Other locations Voodoo Doughnut Too
1501 NE Davis Street, Portland
Voodoo Doughnut Tres
20 E Broadway, Eugene, OR
Voodoo Doughnut Mile High
1520 East Colfax, Denver, CO
Website www.voodoodoughnut.com

Voodoo Doughnut is an independent doughnut shop based in Portland, Oregon, known for its unusual doughnuts, eclectic decor, and iconic pink boxes featuring the company logo and illustrations of voodoo priests. In addition to two shops in Portland and one in Eugene, Voodoo recently expanded to Denver, Colorado.

Company[edit]

The company has about 20 employees and $600,000 in annual revenue.[2] Unusually, the business only accepts cash payments (no debit, credit, or checks), though they do host ATMs.[5] Voodoo Doughnut offers legal wedding services, complete with doughnuts and coffee for the reception.[6] The Los Angeles Times noted that Voodoo is an international tourist attraction.[7]

There are four locations. The original location opened in 2003[7] at 22 SW 3rd Avenue, just south of the Burnside Bridge,[3] around the corner from Dan and Louis Oyster Bar, and next door to The Paris Theater, a historic adult movie house.[8] Another location is just over a mile away at 1501 NE Davis Street which opened in June 2008, and one in Eugene, Oregon, that opened officially in June 2010. The flagship shop closed in April 2011 for an extensive remodeling, which utilized part of Berbati's Pan, the now-closed nightclub next door. It expanded from 750 square feet (70 m2) to 2,300 sq ft (210 m2) and reopened in June 2011.[9]

In December 2013, the company opened its first location outside of Oregon on Colfax Avenue in Denver on Friday the 13th.[10] A month later, the Willamette Week published a cover story addressing the company's labor practices. It portrayed Voodoo Doughnut's original location in downtown Portland as a highly competitive work environment that makes unreasonable demands of its cashiers, in addition to other members of its staff.[11]

Doughnuts[edit]

Bacon-Maple bar

In addition to the examples below, vegan doughnuts are also featured along with a rotating and frequently changing menu of specialty doughnuts and unusual variations on traditional varieties.[12] The company offers over 100 varieties, in total.[9] Unconventional ingredients include Cap'n Crunch, grape flavored Tang, M&M's, Oreo cookies, and marshmallows.[13]

In addition to the "Portland Cream" doughnut (a variant on the Boston cream doughnut), Voodoo Doughnuts also makes a "cock and balls doughnut" that has cream filled "balls"[14]

Two of their doughnuts, the NyQuil Glazed doughnut and the Vanilla Pepto Crushed Tums doughnut, are no longer available due to order of local health officials. According to one of the co-owners, "the NyQuil one was kind of a lark, but that’s the one that got the most famous. With the Pepto doughnut, I honestly thought if you had that shot of tequila you shouldn’t have at 2:00 a.m., and then you got sugar, bread, Pepto, and Tums, you’d either feel better or puke your ass off and then feel better because you got it out of your system. So it was a win-win either way."[15]

On December 24, 2008, Voodoo's "Portland Creme" was designated as Portland's "Official City Doughnut" by a resolution introduced by Portland Mayor Tom Potter and passed by city commissioners the same night. The resolution also expressed Portlanders' "deepest gratitude to Voodoo Doughnut management for its dedication in the face of these stringent economic times in providing employment opportunities... and above all, creating and naming a doughnut after our beloved city that leaves a lasting taste and fond memories on its customers near and far away."[16] Later, mayor Tom Potter and mayoral candidate Sam Adams attended a regular midnight doughnut-eating contest.[7]

Voodoo Doughnut Too[edit]

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Voodoo Doughnut opened a second location at 1501 NE Davis Street.[4] The store began a "soft opening" on Friday, May 30, 2008 with limited hours. The official opening occurred in June 2008 and was rung in with a parade that led from the original location to the new one.[1][17]

Voodoo Doughnut Tres[edit]

In their first foray outside of Portland, Voodoo Doughnut opened a third location in Eugene, Oregon, at the corner of Broadway and Willamette in downtown Eugene. The store began a "soft opening" on Friday, May 7, 2010 with limited hours. The official opening occurred on June 5, 2010. This location also contains the chain's traditionally whimsical decor, in addition to a piano in the seating area and a velvet painting of a crying Conan O'Brien with animated tear drops. For the 2010 edition of "Best Of Eugene Weekly", Voodoo Tres won "Best New Addition To Eugene" and "Best Downtown Business." [18]

Television[edit]

The "Captain My Captain" doughnut, featuring vanilla frosting and Cap'n Crunch cereal

Voodoo Doughnut has been featured on the Travel Channel's series by Anthony Bourdain No Reservations,[19] Man v. Food, Doughnut Paradise,[20] and G4's Attack of the Show, as well as the Pacific Northwest edition of Globe Trekker.[21] It was a destination in the season finale of the 13th season of The Amazing Race.

In 2010, television documentary The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice! featured a segment in which filmmaker Morgan Spurlock paid a visit to the Voodoo Doughnut Too location.

Jay Leno included Voodoo Doughnut in a Tonight Show opening monologue: "Did you hear about the doughnut shop in Portland, Oregon, that has caffeinated doughnuts? Yeah, I guess you can stay awake during your bypass surgery."[22] Voodoo Doughnut would later be mentioned again when Amanda Seyfried appeared on the show in support of her 2012 film, Gone.

The shop's doughnuts, including the distinctive box, appeared in a fourth-season episode of the TNT drama series Leverage. This episode of the show, which films in Portland, was the first actually set in that city. Additionally, the pink box has appeared in the second episode of season one of Grimm and the episode "Like a Virgin" of Supernatural.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Voodoo Doughnuts To Open New Shop". Portland Mercury. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Voodoo Doughnut Profile". FindTheCompany. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b About Voodoo Doughnut from the company's website
  4. ^ a b Voodoo Child: A peek at Voodoo Doughnut Too from Willamette Week
  5. ^ "FAQ". Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Weddings from the company's website
  7. ^ a b c Sewell, Abby (20 February 2011). "Voodoo Doughnuts: In Portland, Ore., nothing says commitment like a Voodoo Doughnut". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Tres Shannon (Voodoo owner) (August 2011). "Hoods". Finder. Willamette Week. p. 54. Retrieved 2012-01-30. "... Voodoo Doughnut, ...(22 SW 3rd Ave., 241-4704, voodoodoughnut.com). ... But I love that there’s still a porn theater where the Paris Theatre was (New Paris Theatre, 6 NW 3rd Ave., 295-7808). They’re great neighbors." 
  9. ^ a b Voodoo Doughnut to Close Downtown Store for Renovation, Expansion The Oregonian
  10. ^ Voodoo Doughnut opens on East Colfax Avenue in Denver, The Denver Post
  11. ^ The Hole Story, Willamette Week
  12. ^ Menu from the company's website
  13. ^ "Voodoo Doughnut Menu". Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ http://voodoodoughnut.com/doughnuts.php
  15. ^ Voodoo Doughnut from the August 2006 issue of The Believer
  16. ^ Portland Tribune article
  17. ^ "In the Mix, FOODday". The Oregonian. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  18. ^ "Woo hoo Voodoo!". Register-Guard. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  19. ^ Anthony Bourdain Visits the Pacific Northwest from the Travel Channel website
  20. ^ Donut Paradise: The Ultimate Deep-Fried Treat from the Travel Channel website
  21. ^ Globe Trekker TV Shows: Pacific Northwest from the Pilot Guides website
  22. ^ Nicholas, Jonathan (2004-01-05). "DEPT. OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS". The Oregonian. pp. D01. 

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