By: Brianne Limani
Eugene, Ore. is buzzing with talk of bacon maple bars as recently confirmed rumors spread about the expansion of the world-famous Voodoo Doughnut shop to downtown Eugene.
Voodoo Doughnut founders Kenneth Pogson (aka Cat Daddy) and Tres Shannon (aka Tres) turned down the Austin, TX. chamber of commerce and passed up inquiries from places as far as Dubaii, Madagascar, and Malasia to open their third doughnut shop in downtown Eugene. According to Pogson, the good “vibes” of Eugene and the “mojo” of the future shop were the deciding factors when considering the expansion.
While the exact location of the new shop is still a secret, Pogson hints that it is in the ‘drinking district’ and close to the University of Oregon. He also says that the Eugene shop will be twice as big as their first location, but smaller than their second (it is estimated to seat about 10 people).
Voodoo Doughnuts began in a “hole” in old town upon Cat Daddy and Tres’ return from Southern California to which they traveled to learn the ins-and-outs of doughnut making. Not long after, the unique donut shop became known locally, nationally and world-wide.
Voodoo Doughnuts has been featured on the Travel Channel (‘No Reservations’ with Anthony Bourdain, Man Vs. Food, Extreme Take Out, etc), Ripley’s Believe it or Not, ESPN, Good morning America, and the Tonight show – just to name a few.
Eugene residents who have traveled to Portland to sample a ‘Gape Ape’ (raised doughnut with vanilla frosting and grape powder), ‘Arnold Palmer’ (cake doughnut covered with lemon and tea powder) or ‘Dirty Snowball’ (chocolate cake doughnut covered with pink marshmallow glaze and surprise filling) are excited about the shorter commute.
The exact date of the Eugene Voodoo Doughnut grand opening hasn’t been announced, but if it follows the legacy of its Portland predecessors it will open May 30th (the anniversary of the other two shops).
While the exact date and location are still on wraps, Eugene residents can at least look forward to the ceremonial transportation of grease from the old shops to the new – a tradition that began with the opening of the second Portland shop on May 30th, 2008. It is unsure if this unique version of ‘passing the torch’ (or should I say Grease) will take the formation of a parade or simply just floating it down the Willamette river; either way, once the grease arrives downtown Eugene will have a sweet addition to add to its constantly growing diversity.