Virginia Kay's Doughnuts taking former Bonjour space

August 11, 2011
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Former Bonjour CafeVirginia Kay's Doughnuts plans to open a retail shop in the former home of Bonjour Cafe & Bakery at Meridian and 24th streets. The homegrown bakery owned by Mike Ferrell expects to open the shop by early September. The 1,969-square-foot building at 2402 N. Meridian St., in front of the Library Services Center, has been vacant since Bonjour closed in the summer of 2009, less than a year after it opened. Virginia Kay's eventually hopes to add a drive-through if the city approves a variance request. Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins had planned to take the space and won a variance approval for a drive-through but later pulled the plug on the plans. The variance approval cannot be transferred to Virginia Kay's.

  • Exciting
    This is great news. FCP deserves more retail attention and what is better than local products!
  • New place or second location?
    Cory, is this a completely new place or a second location for these guys? I think a doughnut shop is much better suited for that particular location. I hope they're good. It'd be great to have something to rival Longs!
    • Responding
      PJ: This is their first solo retail outlet. Their production facility is in the Irvington area, at 420 S. Kitley Ave.
    • No variance transfer?
      What up wit dat? Do these guys have to prove that their donuts will be as bland as Dunkin before they can get variance approval to operate a drive-through window?
    • Grocery?
      Cory, whatever happened to the plans to put a grocery in at the old car dealership? I live close to there, and it would still be a great addition.
    • We Agree
      We agree with most of these comments. Fall Creek Place does deserve more retail and we are local. Doughnuts are made fresh daily at our Kitley production line in Irvington.
      This is our first retail location - but we have plans to open 2-3 more within the metropolitan area in the next year. We continue to hear that a grocery store will enter the old car dealership - check with the Near Northside Development Coordinator, Chris Barnett, for specific updates. We hope to see you all soon - paninis during the lunch and dinner hour too! Check out our Facebook page

    • virginia kays doughtnuts
      So sorry that they are closing! Loved the doughnuts! Maybe they went into the business too quickly! Everyone that I talked really liked them! Every time I went the City Market they would have very little left not any at all! Will miss them very much!

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