You can now get house-roasted coffee via Detroit's yet-to-open Yellow Light Coffee & Donuts


  • Courtesy of Yellow Light Coffee & Donuts

A new coffee and doughnut cafe was set to open in a former Krispy Krunchy Chicken restaurant located in Detroit's Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood last month, but due to state-wide closures in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, those plans were halted.

Yellow Light Coffee & Donuts has been in the works since October 2019 and is the latest culinary project from Jacques and Christine Driscoll, who co-own successful Detroit eateries Green Dot Stables and Johnny Noodle King, both of which are also temporarily closed. Friend, artist, and coffee roaster Niko Dimitrijevic joins Yellow Light, who returned to Detroit after working in Seattle as a glassblower.

Though they can't open their 7-10 person dining room — and are unsure as to when they will safely be able to do so — Yellow Light is offering a sneak peek by selling 12-oz. bags of their house-roasted coffee beans via their drive-through window. Bags are $12 and come in “lighter” and “darker” varieties. You can also order them ground or whole.

Aside from coffee, Yellow Light hopes to soon be able to include a selection of their doughnuts during the shutdown. And when things finally get up and running, they say they plan to roll out an affordable small-batch menu, which is set to include a fried chicken sandwich with an unglazed doughnut bun.

Coffee orders can be made for either pick up or to be shipped via

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