Micah Camden's readying his fryer. Camden — the empire builder behind Yakuza, Little Big Burger, and Boxer Sushi — will debut his haute doughnut shop Blue Star Donuts on December 1, in the SW Washington corner of the West End's notable twelve | west building. According to Camden, the concept marks the first totally-from-scratch doughnut operation in town, with small batches of brioche doughnuts (fried in rice oil) made throughout the day. Within the 980-square-foot space, an open kitchen reveals the doughnut-makers at work, with the majority of spot's 30 seats lining the floor-to-ceiling windows (a handful of seats are tucked under the coffee counter).
Blue Star will offer Stumptown coffee and 12-13 daily doughnut varieties (the "plain" glaze is a house-made horchata), including a few with "twists," Camden says. "We're going to have a doughnut that you must be 21 or older to buy [...] and there will be four or five 'fork and knife required' doughnuts." (Camden's mum on specifics, but a glance at the spot's Facebook page reveals glaze flavors like pistachio-orange, blueberry-bourbon-basil, and lemon zest-poppy seed.) Blue Star officially opens to the public on Saturday, December 1, with plans to expand into late-night service in the summer.
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