Jack Frost Donuts Gears up for Reopening Day in Newly Renovated Building

Jack Frost Donuts has been making and selling some of the best donuts in town for close to 80 years, but for the past six months they’ve been selling those donuts out of a nearby pizza place while their permanent digs were being completely gutted and rebuilt.

April 2 marks the grand re-opening of the beloved Old Brooklyn donut shop (4960 Pearl Rd., 216-351-3638), and that’s music to owner Fred Borkey Jr.’s ears.

“We’ve had some delays getting everything ready and spent about six months in construction, but it’s finally ready to go,” Borkey says. “It’s really neat to just see the new building. It’s really breaking ground for new development in the city.”

The Borkey family has owned the shop since 2006.

“We have such a following now,” adds Borkey. “There are a lot of Cleveland celebrities who have come into our stores for years. We really just wanted our building to look as good as our donuts.”

The freshly renovated building now boasts tile-wood flooring, flat-screen televisions, Quartz countertops and a brand-new coffee station. But the made-from-scratch donuts haven’t changed one iota, promises Borkey.

“We really want to stress that while our building has changed, our donuts have not,” he says. “We still have the same people making the donuts. We haven’t altered our recipes. We make them fresh here every single day. We make all of our creams, icings and glazes. People will still find the same Jack Frost donuts they’ve loved since 1937.”

Jack Frost features more than 200 flavors of donuts throughout the year.

Also new to the operation is a credit card reader (formerly cash only), and branded merchandise like T-shirts, polos, travel mugs, coffee cups and hats.

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Douglas Trattner

For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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