Federal Donuts, the much-loved fried chicken and doughnut mini-chain from star chef Mike Solomonov and crew, opens its seventh Philly location on Friday, October 5. The newest Federal Donuts is on South Street, right on the corner of 6th and South. To mark the occasion, the shop is selling every doughnut for $1 all day Friday — one per person and excluding the Berries & Cream, which benefits Mural Arts’ Art Education program.
Designed by local architects Boxwood, the new shop seats 25.
On the sweet side, Federal Donuts sells “hot fresh” doughnuts tossed in blended sugars ($1.75) and “fancy” doughnuts with rotating glazes like pumpkin pecan maple and apple cinnamon ($2.75). Also on the menu: twice-fried chicken in a choices of glazes and seasonings (including za’atar) served with a honey doughnut, and a hugely popular fried chicken sandwich with ranch seasoning and American cheese on a Martin’s potato roll.
Unlike the others, the South Street location will have coffee drinks on draft, including cold brew coffee, Vietnamese coffee made with sweetened condensed milk, and cascara cream soda.
Matt Fein is Federal Donuts’ chef. The owners are Solomonov and Steve Cook of hit restaurants Zahav, Dizengoff, Goldie, and Abe Fisher, along with Felicia D’Ambrosio, Bob Logue, and managing partner Tom Henneman.
Their first Federal Donuts opened in Pennsport in 2011. An eighth is heading to the new East Market development. There’s also a cookbook.
Sister spot The Rooster, formerly named Rooster Soup Co., which donates all of its profits to the Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative, uses what’s left from Federal Donuts’ chickens to make soup.
Starting October 5, Federal Donuts on South Street is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m daily. The doughnuts are available when it opens; the chicken goes on sale at 11 a.m. Extended weekend hours will be added after the eatery settles in.
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