Just like you thought the Backstreet Boys wouldn’t make a comeback, fan favourite Doughnut Time has announced its return to Australia.
The new owner, Pete Andros, plans to open stores back to the masses from 1 August 2018, with locations planned for The Myer Centre and Southbank in Brisbane, Burleigh Heads, and Fitzroy and Degraves Street in Melbourne.
It was only in March that Doughnut Time went into liquidation, closing 23 of its 30 stores, under original owner Damian Griffiths.
Doughnut Time was one of the first big Aussie brands to start the doughnut trend, famous for whacky names and over the top doughnuts, not to mention being a vegan friendly delight.
It is now bringing back all your favourites plus heaps of gluten free, high protein and keto options, promising to be bigger and better than before.
“I was one of the people standing in line for fresh doughnuts, and when Doughnut Time went under, I saw an opportunity to save a great Brisbane brand,” Mr Andros told The Urban List.
“It’s no secret that the previous owners expanded too quickly. Nobody from the previous ownership is involved with the relaunch.”
Mr Andros is looking to modernise the menu with a background in the health and wellness space and will be using hemp protein to make Doughnut Time’s doughnuts not just tastier, but better for you.
“It’s got 20 amino acids, and 10 of the essentials. It’s the best protein source out there,” he added.
We’re coming back and we’re bigger and better than ever! Your favourite sweet treats will be returning to Aussie shelves once again. We’re talking your original favourites, plus vegan, gluten free, high protein and keto options! Follow us for flavour updates and exciting new store openings 🍩 #doughnuttimeau
Will Doughnut Time stay in business?
Doughnut Time went out of business reportedly owing workers about $200,000 in unpaid wages.
While the new owner is hoping for a fresh start, there are still 300 ex-employees seeking wages from the old business.
Mr Andros told the Urban List he is “shocked and appalled” at what happened. On the bright side, some staff have been able to recover wages through the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG). Mr Andros is encouraging workers who are still seeking payment to get in touch directly, or through the liquidator.
“We’re dealing with a lot of the old suppliers,” he said. “I’ve been having coffee with them, sitting down and trying to get them back on board. We’re offering to pay them up front, just so they feel safe, you know.”