For Peter Huot, doughnuts have always run in the family. “My cousins grew up in a doughnut shop,” he said. “They would go to school and then come back and do their homework in the doughnut …
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For Peter Huot, doughnuts have always run in the family.
“My cousins grew up in a doughnut shop,” he said. “They would go to school and then come back and do their homework in the doughnut shop.”
Huot spent plenty of time in the shop too and, with his relatives’ encouragement, eventually picked up the family trade.
“It’s not hard to work in a doughnut shop,” he said. “The only hard part is waking up at 1 a.m. and staying awake in the morning.”
Now, after years in the business, Huot is preparing to take the next step in his doughnut making career: opening his own doughnut shop in Golden.
He’s chosen the storefront off of South Golden Road that most recently was the home of South Philly Cheese Steaks and is hoping to open the doors of the shop, which will go by the name Mountain Donuts, in early March.
Huot, who lives in Wheat Ridge and has previously worked at multiple Lamar’s Donuts locations around Colorado, chose Golden because the city doesn’t currently have its own doughnut shop. However, it also doesn’t hurt that he loves the town and thought it would be a good place to work.
“People here are nice and relaxed so it’s good to have a shop here,” he said. “And I have felt very welcomed.”
Once the shop opens, Huot says it will churn out a variety of classic doughnuts, including glazed and Boston cream varieties and apple fritters. His personal favorite, however, are the long johns (bar shaped doughnuts that will come with several fillings).
All of the donughuts will be made from scratch on-site each day and Huot said a point of pride that all of the recipes, including the one for his vanilla cream filling, are his own.
“It comes out more like a whipped crème but not exactly,” he said.
In addition to doughnuts, Mountain Donuts will also sell coffee, croissants and breakfast sandwiches. Another specialty item will be the pigs-in-a-blanket, a sausage wrapped in biscuit dough.
Huot said he wants to keep his prices affordable with a dozen doughnuts going for about $10. The shop will also have a large seating area, including a table with eight seats that Huot said he hopes will regularly be used by the families he is hoping to attract.
But while the doughnuts sold at the ship will be Huot’s doing, he credits his architect with helping him refine the shop’s name.
“He asked me ‘what is the name going to be?’ and I said “By the Mountain Donuts,” he said. “And he said `that’s too long it should be Mountain Donuts.’ And so I went with that.”
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