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Detroit's Iconic Dutch Girl Donuts Plans Soft Opening Next Week

April 25, 2024, 12:49 PM

For all the Dutch Girl Donut devotees, this is the moment you've been waiting for.

The shop on Woodward, just south of 7 Mile Road in Detrroit, announced on Instagram Wednesday night that it is shooting for a soft opening next week. The shop closed in September 2021 during the pandemic 

"Look for test batches and soft openings next week, and Lord willing, regulars hours by Mother’s Day. Thank you Cecelia! Thank you Detroit!" the posting says.

The donuts should taste the same as before. Jon Timmer, grandson of the founders, will be making the family recipes. 

Cecelia and John Timmer started the donut shop in 1947. It was originally called Dixie Cream Donuts, a franchise outlet, and was near the State Fairgrounds. In 1950, they moved a half-mile south to a newly constructed shop, which is where it stands today.

In the mid-1950s, they broke away from the franchise and became Dutch Girl Donuts.

In 1965, John Timmer passed away and his son Gene, a 1964 graduate of West Bloomfield High School, took over.

Gene Timmer died last Sept. 17 from cancer, just weeks after the shop hit the pause button. His son, Jon Timmer, a third-generation donut-maker, had been helping manage the shop.

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