More Federal Donuts Coming Your Way Soon

Apparently, partners Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook just don’t know when to stop.

Which is good, because, as a proponent of the too-much-of-a-good-thing-is-never-enough school, I personally think there should be as many Federal Donuts locations as there are Dunkin’ Donuts locations–meaning one every six blocks or so. And it seems that Cook and Solo feel the same way because, in this morning’s Laban interview with the partners, Solomonov described his vision for the future of Federal Donuts:

“I just want to get big enough,” says the chef, who also co-owns Zahav, “where we can have delivery guys in chicken suits scooting around town on mopeds fueled by recycled fryer oil. How awesome would that be?”

That would be precisely super-awesome, actually. As a matter of fact, I am four-square in favor of anything that involves people in animal costumes rolling around town on scooters, motorcycles, tricycles, whatever. And the fact that these chicken-suited heroes would also be carrying delicious fried chicken and donuts to people in need? Well that’s just better.

According to Laban’s interview, in order for FedNuts to be successful as a growing chain, the partners will have to open two stores a year in various locations. Steve Cook hopes to have 10 shops up and running by 2015–which is a helluva 3-year plan. It also begs the question: Where will the team be opening next?

Unfortunately, that’s one of the questions that doesn’t get answered. But everyone does appear intent on the expansion, so with eight (or more) additional Federal Donuts locations forthcoming, the odds of one opening near you just got a lot sweeter.

As to what’s fueling the near-obsessive love of FedNuts (ours included), here’s Solomonov again:

“We make so many deliberate decisions all the time, but this [venture] was so random,” Solomonov agrees. “That’s what’s so funny. We make a lot of people happy here because it’s fun and completely silly.”

And you know what? I kinda agree. Because sometimes success really is as simple as that.

Anyway, you can check out the whole interview/expose by following the link below.

Federal Donuts: A Hole Lot More? []

All FedNuts Coverage [Foobooz]


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  • “I personally think there should be as many Federal Donuts locations as there are Dunkin’ Donuts locations–meaning one every six blocks or so.” Sounds great to me!

  • bogans

    I think they should wear business suits on top of their chicken suits. Or maybe tuxedos. Yes, I want my chicken delivered by a black tie wearing chicken on a scooter. Weird? I don’t think so.

  • Mike

    Maybe get to the point where they can make enough chicken to sell through the dinner hours?

  • bryan

    ^^^shit white people say

  • Andrew

    Federal Donuts always gives me Federal Diarrhea.
    No lie.

  • charlesincharge

    Meme was better

  • Michael G

    Meme was 10xs better. i’ve tried both locations and didn’t really like it from either place. however, the donuts are outstanding.

  • Jimmy

    Can we bash LaBan instead?

  • Sucka Tash

    Fednuts is good, but nowhere near appealing as something like Shake Shack. Cook is a smart guy. He has to see that they lack mass appeal. How about working on your two locations and consistancy across the board? Keeping with the Shake Shack comparision, consistancy is key and the biggest thing FedNuts lacks

  • Anon.

    Federal donuts may be cool as a brand but the chicken is just OK. It is dry and over brined to the point of being hammy as opposed to juicy chicken. The only reason the chicken is in demand is because the supply is low. An expansion plan will suffer if they plan on serving the same chicken they are now.

    Meme’s chicken was super basic and simply a publicity stunt

  • Amelie

    I have to disagree with the majority. The chicken meal that I had was one of the worst meals that I have ever had anywhere. Chicken was dry and over salted so to be inedible. And WTF are those ridiculous pickles. Very disappointed. Phoned, and very nicely expressed my dissatisfaction. They don’t give a crap. You can wring the grease out of their doughnuts as well. If a no name cook had opened this you can bet the reviews would have been horrid and it would have shuttered after 6 months.

  • Suburbanite

    The original Suzy Jo is where real donuts are to be had… Just sayin..

  • Jacques

    If they severed Fednuts chicken in Hop Sing, the writers of foobooz would f’ing explode.

  • Natalie

    West Philly please. Ideally the space where the pop shop is on 44th would be amazing….although a shop space did open up next to Koch’s Deli on Locust between 33rd & 34th