Blue Star Donuts is coming to Lake Oswego
After recently moving to town, Blue Star Donuts founder Katie Poppe soon will become a Lake Oswego business owner as well.
Blue Star Donuts, which has five other locations in the Portland area and two in Los Angeles, is tentatively scheduled to welcome customers at its new spot at 350 First St. unit C4 at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6. Blue Star is known for its gourmet pastries that have fresh ingredients and unique flavors. Poppe said they'll hand out free doughnuts at the grand opening.
Poppe, a co-founder of Little Big Burger and Boxer Ramen, said her inspiration for Blue Star derived from a trip to France.
"I was blown away by the quality of bread and pastry and how revered it is by that culture," she said. "What if we did a gourmet doughnut shop based on using brioche for raised yeast dough?"
Blue Star opened in 2012 and has expanded since, leading Poppe to divest from her other shops to focus solely on doughnuts. She hopes the company will become a staple in the Pacific Northwest for generations.
Poppe said she had eyed Lake Oswego for years and considered a few other locations near Salt & Straw. The new shop is located next to the ice cream parlor as well as Domaine Serene Wine Lounge near Millennium Plaza Park.
"(The Salt & Straw owner) has been telling me how much they like it out there, and we have a similar customer base," Poppe said.
Poppe has grown to appreciate the Lake Oswego community.
"It's such a strong family-oriented community that takes a lot of pride in investing in citizens and all aspects of its neighborhood. It's got a great vibe, a great energy to it," she said.
Poppe described Blue Star as "donuts for grown-ups" and said all recipes were created by their pastry chef. Some might include liquor, spices or coffee blends. A few of the staples feature apple fritter, orange olive oil and blueberry-bourbon-basil.
"It's a fun unexpected twist on the classics. We try to take the doughnut and elevate it to its best self," she said.
And while Blue Star previously only had drip coffee, this location will add espresso to its repertoire. The coffee blend is more subtle and palette-cleansing so as not to distract from the doughnut flavors. They also will have cold brew, beer, cider and mimosas, among other beverages.
Despite challenges to the industry during the pandemic, Poppe said business has been picking up and felt that a doughnut shop in Lake Oswego would be successful.
"It feels like the mojo is going in the right direction," she said.
For more information on Blue Star, visit https://bluestardonuts.com.
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