Detroit's Dutch Girl Donuts is reopening, giving us a reason to live


  • Steve Neavling

Dutch Girl Donuts is reopening. That's it. That's the blog.

No, but seriously. The 73-year-old family-owned purveyor of old-fashioned doughnuts announced it would be reopening Tuesday, Sept. 8 after months of shutdown due to, well, you know.

“Given the current situation we are working on reopening soon,” Dutch Girl posted in July. “Sorry for any inconvenience while we work out the best way to open for all our customers and employees. Miss you all be safe.”

The cozy Detroit institution that's open 24/6 and located at 19000 Woodward Ave. at Seven Mile Road was founded by John Timmer and wife, Cecelia, the bakery's Dutch Girl namesake, in 1947 — back when bustling Detroit had just half a dozen doughnut shops to choose from.

“He said the first night after we take in $100, I'll take you out to dinner,” Cecelia recalled in a 2010 interview with Metro Times. “And I said, 'Well, that will be one sweet date!' Just the second day we were open, we took in $100.” At the time, a dozen doughnuts cost just 40 cents.

Since its opening, Dutch Girl has barely made any changes, despite the many changes endured by its surrounding blighted neighborhood.

They were forced to add bulletproof glass at the cashwrap after a robbery attempt in the 2000s. When a former and lifelong employee, Paul, retired in the 1990s, they were forced to invest in a rolling machine and industrial mixer because Paul would cut every single doughnut by hand, Model D reports. They've also fought to maintain their same flour mixture even when changing suppliers, teaching the new supplier how to make their classic blend. Oh, and they've reluctantly had to up the price on a dozen doughnuts to $9, a small price to feel whole again and/or ever.

We will be Re-Opening on Tuesday September 8th! More information to follow!

Posted by Dutch Girl Donuts on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

So many restaurants, so little time. Sign up for our weekly food newsletter delivered every Friday morning for the latest Detroit dining news.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.