A sugar rush is coming close to campus. After serving up its popular donuts, cakes, and ice cream sandwiches in Lynwood for five years, Donut Factory is readying a new location near the University of Washington. The shop should open up in mid-May, right around the corner from Sharetea, in the spot formerly occupied by local favorite Ly’s Donuts. Founder Marc Sapatin says a sneak preview could start in late-April.
Donut Factory is known for such decadence like its glazed and cinnamon crobars (a flaky croissant-doughnut hybrid in bar form), its mango-filled jelly donuts, and Instagram-worthy ice cream sandwiches drenched in Fruity Pebbles and Oreo crumbles.
With more than 80 different varieties of donuts, customers will have plenty to choose from at the new location, but there will also be some new flavors, like an ube-flavored doughnut. And Sapatin says they will continue to play around with shaping their doughnuts into letters and shapes, likely making the purple yam-based ube variety into U’s or W’s for Huskies fans.
The space — which will have seating for 15-20 — has been upgraded with more outlets and WiFi for students who need to get some work done. Plus, there will be espresso from Pegasus Coffee on hand, and ice cream floats as the summer months roll in.
Donut Factory has been serving the nearby UW Medical Center for years on contract, but this will be its first official expansion anywhere, with possibly more to come down the line. Good news for Seattle fried dough fans looking for another solid option in the area.