Made In Chicago: Joe Donut

Rob Hart
July 13, 2020 - 9:52 am
Joe Donut

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It turns out that donuts are pandemic proof.  

Joe Donut has two locations in the northern suburbs.  It started out as an overnight project for the owners of North Branch restaurant in Glenview.  A pastry chef and a crew of bakers would take over the North Branch kitchen at night, baking donuts for a small shop near the Glenview Metra Station.

"We thought it would be a great idea to build that downtown traffic in downtown Glenview," said Joe Donut and North Branch partner Nick Phillipas.

The Joe Donut location in a tiny former Post Office on Lehigh Avenue in Glenview was so popular that a second location opened in Niles last year.  A takeout location will open in the Old Orchard Shopping center in August.  Phillipas said the pandemic delayed the opening from early spring.

Joe Donut's pastry chef, bakers, and servers taste test new creations before they are sold to customers.  Joe Donut staples include the maple bacon donut, a s'mores donut, and a donut that's covered in Fruity Pebbles cereal.  It also has seasonal flavors.

Joe Donut's pastry chef, bakers, and servers taste test new creations before they are sold to customers.  Joe Donut staples include the maple bacon donut, a s'mores donut, and a donut that's covered in Fruity Pebbles cereal.  It also has seasonal flavors.
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"Right now during the summer we've copied Good Humor's ice cream bars.  We have a chocolate eclair bar, a strawberry shortcake bar, and a dreamsicle bar where we actually put ice cream sticks in there," Phillipas said.

Joe Donut has been able to weather the COVID pandemic thanks to a brisk takeout business.

"We're lucky that donuts carry out," Phillipas said.

Joe Donut's pastry chef, bakers, and servers taste test new creations before they are sold to customers.  Joe Donut staples include the maple bacon donut, a s'mores donut, and a donut that's covered in Fruity Pebbles cereal.  It also has seasonal flavors.
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Joe Donut is a go-to gift for people who want to thank the essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

"We've done thousands of donuts over this COVID experience to the hospital, fire departments.  All anonymous," Phillipas said.

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