Federal Donuts to Open This Summer

Where do you go for gourmet fried chicken, doughnuts, and coffee all at the same time? Nowhere, right? Well, starting this summer, you’ll find all three under the same South Philly roof with Federal Donuts, a collaboration between Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov of Zahav, Thomas Henneman and Bob Logue of BODHI Coffee, and Felicia D’Ambrosio, of the Universe. Read on for the preliminary details.

What They’ll Serve: coffee, donuts and fried chicken.

The Chicken: half and whole fried chicken in various styles, including Korean and Classic Crunchy. Glazes include Black Garlic and Date Molasses; and Mango, Pickle and Passion Fruit.

The Donuts: a variety of house-made sweet cake donuts, including Plain, Glazed, Chocolate and seasonal specials, such as: Key Lime, with graham cracker streusel; Vanilla Cardamom Custard with pistachio; Brown Sugar-Grapefruit;  Chocolate Blood Orange Cream with orange blossom; will be prepared on premises and sold individually and by the dozen.

The Coffee: Stumptown

How You’ll Get It: Mostly take-out with 10 seats

Opening: Summer-ish.

Expected Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m

We’ll have more for you later in the week.

Federal Donuts, 1219 South Second Street,  federaldonuts.com, @federaldonuts

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  • Brian

    wow… excited and scared at the same time

  • How is 219 South Second “South Philly”? Isn’t that more like Old City? Though to be fair, naming it “Federal Donuts” does make that confusing; is this from the same people who named 8th Street Music?

  • sorry, now I get it, it’s 1219 South Second according to Meal Ticket.

  • @ Paul. Yep, my bad. It’s fixed now.

  • Best news all week… And it’s only Tuesday. But I’m confident.

  • I suppose that most people would say Center City ends at South Street, but I think any commonsense definition today is Washington Ave.

    I’ll be curious to see if there is neighborhood opposition to a “South Street like” takeout joint on that block. What are the proposed operating hours? Have they cleared this with the Queen Village Neighbors Association? If zoning approval is needed, I hope they have, because otherwise the old folks who live around there will kill it.

  • Ah, posted my comment while the address was being corrected.

  • kbor

    This is why I’m fat.

  • Jlachett

    It’s about time something like this opened up in da hood!

  • Willie

    Donuts? Donuts?? Where’s the freakin’ WAFFLES, Mike?? Sell the donuts, yes, but how much better would this have been to incorporate creative, made-to-order waffles to complement your chicken?? EH?

  • jag

    this is awesome!
    finally! more stuff in pennsport! thank you!

  • s

    donuts are way better than waffles.

  • Willie

    S: Solo, yes, doughnuts beat waffles. With fried chicken, waffles trump doughnuts.

  • Snake

    This sounds…interesting.

    Is this place going to be open for breakfast with the donuts and coffee, is it a lunch spot with the chicken? Am I supposed to mix the chicken and donuts?

  • @ Snake. They’ll be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • tyler

    how do you go from zahav to peddling this crap..downward spiral for michael and steven, first percy now this…

  • benji

    A regular coffee shop would probably be more viable in this neighborhood than a place with multiple banal gimmicks

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  • Peter

    I’m definitely looking forward to something new in the neighborhood. Hopefully there will be things on the menu that don’t max-out the indulgence factor. One can do that only so often.

  • j

    So did this project die? I noticed the twitter page is not working and the store front looks untouched as of late last week.

    • Nope not dead at all. In fact they were testing out dougnuts today.

  • j

    AWESOME! cant wait to try those fried luscious treats!

  • NE food boy

    i hope someone makes a mistake and fries the donuts in the chicken oil that would be a blunder i’d like to try.

  • NE food boy

    chicken fried donuts?, you’re welcome Federal Donuts.