LINCOLN PARK — Doughnut ice cream sandwiches are coming soon to Lincoln Park.
Firecakes Donuts aims to open its second location in Lincoln Park at 2453 N. Clark St. in the first week of October, according to restaurateur Jonathan Fox. The space used to house Caribou Coffee.
At the new location, patrons can expect the same small-batch, old-fashioned doughnuts and La Colombe coffee sold at Firecakes' River North spot, 68 W. Hubbard St.
But Fox said his team will be offering more kinds of doughnut ice cream sandwiches in Lincoln Park.
There will be three different homemade ice creams to choose from, including Tahitian vanilla bean, bourbon chocolate cherry and salted caramel. The ice cream will be served between your choice of three doughnuts: honey glazed, vanilla and chocolate cake.
The 1,000-square-foot donut shop will also offer limited seating inside and on its patio, whereas the River North location only has a bar.
In January, Firecakes launched a food truck, which circles Downtown on weekdays and Lakeview on weekends. It's in Lincoln Park a couple nights here and there.
Doughnuts are undeniably hot right now, with Firecakes and other companies like Glazed & Infused and Stan's Donuts expanding across the city.
Fox said his shop is unique because of the quality of the ingredients. For example, the chocolate comes from France, jelly fillings are made with fruits from local farmers and all donuts are made on-site.
The result is a donut that is "very light in texture and rich in flavor," he said, comparing it to a brioche.
"We put a lot of energy into the small details," he added.
Opening in Lincoln Park was a natural progression, he said, because there are a lot of families in the neighborhood.
"When you think about doughnuts, they're very family-oriented," he said. "We like being a part of a community."
A squash black walnut donut at Firecakes Donuts. [Provided]
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