Heard on the Street: More baked goods on the way

September 18, 2018

The Med City should loosen its collective belt as more sweet treats are on the way.

Rochester’s popular Daube’s Bakery is working on a southwest location in the former Carousel Floral and Gift center, at 1600 S. Broadway. That’s the high-profile spot on the corner of South Broadway and 16th Street Southeast.

Early work is underway at the site. Once open, it will be Daube’s third Rochester location, along with the original Civic Center Drive bakery and Daube’s Down-Under in the downtown Rochester subway.

Carousel recently closed its store in the 1600 S. Broadway building to consolidate with the large Carousel center at 1717 41st St. NW.

The buzz is Daube’s wasn’t the only baker interested in the former flower shop location.

Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Donut Kings LLC recently eyed the spot as it shopped for real estate for the four future Dunkin’ Donuts planned for Rochester.

Now, local chatter says at least one of those future DD’s will be in northwest Rochester, along the booming West Circle Drive area. I’m trying to confirm if that’s accurate.

Wherever the doughnuts land, the plan is the next Dunkin’ will start baking in 2019, according to Mankato-based Donut Kings.

The new Dunkin’ locations will not be connected to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 15 First Ave. SW in the Kahler Grand Hotel complex in the heart of downtown.

Rochester Retail Services, a division of the Kahler Hospitality Group, opened that shop in June 2014.

Then in 2015, Dunkin’ Donuts corporate office announced Donut Kings now would handle its expansion in Rochester.

“Rochester Retail Services, the franchisee of record, will continue to own and operate the existing restaurant in the Kahler. However, they will not develop more Dunkin’ stores as we previously reported,” stated Dunkin’ Donuts Senior Director of Franchising Patrick Cunningham.

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