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Union Square Donuts moving (that was fast!)

katzzz Apr 12, 2013 01:16 PM

Wanted to go last weekend but saw they were closed. Now this on their Facebook page:
"Good morning donut nation!
We will be CLOSED today and the rest of the weekend. We'll be busily moving into your NEW SPACE!! We'll make the big announcement on Monday to let you know where our new home is."
Anyone know why and where?

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    lc02139 RE: katzzz Apr 12, 2013 02:12 PM

    I don't know where they are moving, but the current place is a shared space that probably curtails them from being open more days a week. Since it seems that they have a devoted following and had been selling at farmers markets longer than the shop has been open, makes sense that they want to leave the nest and try bigger and better things. I wish them luck in their new space

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      jgg13 RE: lc02139 Apr 12, 2013 04:21 PM

      Just posted this in the april opening/closing thread but based on the pics they posted on twitter i'd say across the street from Bloc 11.

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        opinionatedchef RE: jgg13 Apr 12, 2013 05:24 PM

        by Capone's? well, that would be convenient for people. I have not been to USD yet because it is still unclear to me- and I have been meaning to ask on CH- they DO have one cake style donut out of all their others- the ginger orange one? not yeast based, but still fried? thx much. (and yes, I read that they change their varieties daily; I would prob call ahead anyway.)

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          jgg13 RE: opinionatedchef Apr 12, 2013 05:49 PM

          The day I went I got one of everything and they were all yeast based, which is how god intended it IMO

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            Boston_Otter RE: opinionatedchef Apr 12, 2013 06:48 PM

            I could be wrong (because the damn thing's always sold out when I go there) but I believe the ginger orange is a cream-filled yeast donut.

            I really enjoyed the bacon maple donut, but the 'chocolate chipotle' was extremely underwhelming and barely tasted like a $.60 cent donut, much less a $3 one.

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              jgg13 RE: Boston_Otter Apr 12, 2013 07:21 PM

              It's funny, i liked the chocolate chipotle but not the bacon maple. The mrs had a completely different ordering than the rest of us. I've found it interesting seeing how many permutations there seem to be of the perceived order of quality.

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                hungryphd RE: jgg13 Apr 14, 2013 02:08 PM

                I agree that the chocolate chiptole was underwhelming -- perhaps they have some quality control issues and not all batches are created equal?

                In general, I was not that impressed with their donuts. I think Verna's on Mass Ave is still the best place to get donuts in Cambridge/Somerville.

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                  jgg13 RE: hungryphd Apr 14, 2013 02:30 PM

                  I liked that there was a place that sold yeast donuts nearby. There aren't many places that sell those in the area much less within walking distance. I also appreciate that there's a indie joint in union square, and a hip one at that. The more the area gentrifies the better as far as I'm concerned.

                  That said, I completely don't understand the hype. A friend went one of the first days they were open and described some women near orgasming while shoving one in her mouth. When I went there was some guy just hanging around talking about how awesome they were. I don't get it -they'd probably have to cut their cost by at least 50% for me to find it worthwhile for anything other than a once in a great while whim.

                  In particular I found the maple bacon to be kind of gross. The bacon was low quality and overcooked to boot. The maple flavor just wasn't done particularly well. But because bacon has become a term that instantly causes a food item to undergo an apotheosis it has been routinely praised.

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                    Gabatta RE: jgg13 Apr 14, 2013 02:40 PM

                    Have you tried Ohlin's in Belmont? Better donuts (IMO) at less than half the price.

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                      Jpan99 RE: Gabatta Apr 15, 2013 01:41 PM


                    2. re: jgg13
                      Jenny Ondioline RE: jgg13 Apr 14, 2013 03:40 PM

                      This place smells so much like a hipster-directed ripoff of Voodoo Doughnuts that I can't bring myself to go. I can't condone that.

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                        Boston_Otter RE: Jenny Ondioline Apr 15, 2013 06:30 AM

                        They're both donut shops, but that's all they have in common. Yes, one of their donuts has bacon as a topping, but it's nothing at all like the one at Voodoo Donut, and none of their donuts are the same in flavor or style at all. Condemming them for opening a donut shop is sort of like refusing to go to any indie coffeeshops in Boston because there's already indie coffeeshops in Portland.

                      2. re: jgg13
                        Boston_Otter RE: jgg13 Apr 15, 2013 06:34 AM

                        When I had the maple bacon, the bacon itself was perfectly cooked -- nicely crisp but still fresh tasting, and they'd used high quality thick bacon -- and it worked really well with the rich maple icing. I had no qualms paying $3.50 for that thing; it was more of a pastry than a 'donut'.

                        But as I say, the other ones I've tried were subpar by even Dunkin' Donuts standards, so I can only guess they're ironing out quality control issues.

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                          opinionatedchef RE: jgg13 Apr 15, 2013 08:32 PM

                          j, i'm confused. Yeast donuts are what DunkDonuts sells (and most other donut shops.) There is a DD 5 minutes away in Union Sq.

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                            Prav RE: opinionatedchef Apr 15, 2013 09:00 PM

                            what? DD sells both cake and yeast.

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                              opinionatedchef RE: Prav Apr 15, 2013 09:18 PM

                              yes, but jgg said there were no yeast donuts near Union Sq Donuts.

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                              jgg13 RE: opinionatedchef Apr 16, 2013 05:15 PM

                              DD's forte is cake donuts, there's a reason that they're often used as the cake exemplar when people are explaining the cake vs yeast difference.

                              I'll admit though that I was intentionally discounting dunks, much the same as I wouldn't include McDs in a discussion about decent hamburgers

                            3. re: jgg13
                              itaunas RE: jgg13 Apr 16, 2013 05:25 AM

                              Central Bakery not far away on Cambridge Street sells malassadas a few times a year (they or somewhere else will likely sell them on the Portugal Day parade). International Market used to sell "sonhos" Brazilian donuts (not La Internacional, but the Brazilian market which was across from it) and you can probably still get them from time to time at Gol Market (weekends?) or Pastelaria Vitoria. Both are generally yeast risen. The Central American bakery (guatemalan or salvadoran?) near La Internacional did have something donut like at one point, but I haven't been there in a long time but think they are still around. You can also get zeppole in season at Patsy's on Broadway, but not yeast risen.

                              I noticed that Cafe Tango was closed for some renovations. Is their new location possibly together with that?

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                                valcfield RE: itaunas Apr 16, 2013 06:20 AM

                                Yep! confirmed yesterday that they will be serving in Cafe Tango during the day, with an expanded schedule (although I don't think they've announced if that's a 6 or 7 days a week or what yet)

                    3. re: jgg13
                      lossless RE: jgg13 Apr 13, 2013 06:51 AM

                      Yes it does look like across the st from Bloc 11. It'll be nice to (1) get donut (2) cross st (3) get coffee (4) sit on the outside seats at Block 11 and enjoy. Although this means it'll be even harder to park on Bow St.

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                        Madrid RE: lossless Apr 13, 2013 07:08 AM

                        not to mention getting a donut every time I go to Capone's......

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