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Miami’s Cult-Favorite Donut Shop is Moving Into Dallas — Get Ready for Salty Donut’s Big Texas Expansion

Dallas Gets First Donut Dibs, But Houston and Austin Could be Next

BY // 08.07.19

Bishop Arts is in for a treat. The Salty Donut, an artisanal donut and coffee shop from Miami with a national reputation, is coming to 414 W. Davis Street this winter. This will mark the buzzy Salty Donut’s first Texas location with hopefully many more to come.

Husband and wife founders Andy Rodriguez and Amanda Pizarro-Rodriguez opened The Salty Donut initially as a pop-up in 2015. Donuts were sold out of a vintage 1950 Aljoa camper in a parking lot. The tasty desserts were a major success, bringing long lines and TV appearances. Now, there are two full Salty Donut shops in South Florida.

“We’re both really passionate about food and beverage,” Andy tells PaperCity. “And we have backgrounds in small businesses.” After discovering their love of traveling around to other cities and trying different donuts, they decided to combine the two and open their own gourmet donut shop.

When deciding on Dallas as the city where they’d begin their national expansion, the entrepreneur couple visited several Texas cities, including Austin and Houston.

“We liked the growth of Dallas,” Andy says. “In our gut it felt right. They particular chose Bishop Arts because it has a “maker” vibe like their other two locations in Wynwood and South Miami.

“There are some cool things happening,” Andy notes. “Bishop Arts has the charm and character we were looking for.” They’re also looking to expand to Austin or Houston in the future — and grab onto the growth in those cities as well

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The new donut shop will take over the former Red Sparrow Mercantile space. They’ll keep the history of the old building, just adding minimal decor and their usual design elements. The couple is also creating a few Dallas-specific flavors using homemade and locally-sourced ingredients.

“We’re community focused,” Andy says. Part of their business model consists of collaborating with other local shops by hosting coffee brewing demos and such. And they’ll get dairy, produce and bacon from local purveyors.

“We cater to the market we’re in,” Andy says. “We want to be the go-to donut shop in the neighborhood.”

The most popular flavors at The Salty Donut include Maple + Bacon, White Chocolate Tres Leches, and Traditional Glazed. Others offered year-round are the Guava + Cheese, Brown Butter + Salt, and Homemade Hazelnut Chocolate. The couple also rotates six additional donut flavors depending on new ideas they come up with and seasonal offerings.

As for coffee, they chose their favorite roaster out of Chicago, Intelligentsia, which will also soon be opening up a location in Austin. Dallas’ new Salty Donut will make lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, pour overs and cold brew.

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