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MADE ALL DAY

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The Parlor MISSION

We are a craft doughnut and coffee shop offering an array of unique bakery items, including our original layered doughnuts; vegan, gluten-friendly, and keto-friendly products; artisanal breakfasts; and specialty coffee.  Our goal is to efficiently deliver a superior product, at a moderate price, with exceptional service, in a comfortable setting.

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THE ORIGINAL PARLOR SHOP – DOWNTOWN EVANSVILLE, IN

The Parlor STORY

For centuries, the “parlor” was the special room in the house where people came together to talk and exceptional things happened.  It was usually the best-furnished room in the home where families could comfortably receive their guests.

 

While the origin of the doughnut can be traced back to the early 1800’s, their popularity grew during WW I when volunteers (known as Doughnut Lassies) prepared doughnuts and coffee for soldiers at the front lines.  The doughnuts provided comfort, a brief reprise from battle, and reminded them of home.

Parlor Doughnuts was founded by Darrick Hayden, in partnership with Josh Tudela, in February of 2019. Darrick traveled the states extensively with his son’s band for several years.  During those years, Darrick would seek out the area’s best doughnuts and coffee. His appreciation of good doughnuts grew, as his son’s appreciation for great coffee grew.  With his son, Noah, the two launched a coffee shop in 2015 (Proper Coffee), which flourished, and gave birth to the concept of Parlor Doughnuts.

 

The concept for Parlor Doughnuts grew out of the Hayden’s travel, exposure, and the desire to create a new path for the doughnut experience.  Layered dough was the clear choice for this unique doughnut shop experience.  Parlor offers their signature “Layered Doughnut”, which sets them apart from the traditional cake or yeast style. Along with this unique style of doughnut, Parlor seeks to offer something for everyone by offering vegan/gluten-friendly, and a keto friendly doughnut, along with a special doughnut for all the pups out there, with their Doggie Doughnut. The brand has expanded to offer breakfast items such as acai bowls, avocado toast, breakfast sandwiches and tacos.  And of course, specialty coffee.

 

In February 2019, the dynamic combination of unique doughnuts and great coffee launched in Evansville, IN in a niche little downtown shop. The community’s support exploded, exceeding all expectations. Less than a year later, Parlor Doughnuts opened an expansive location on Evansville’s east side, including a large dining area, drive-thru service, and on-site coffee roastery. Additional shops have now opened throughout the country (view our locations here).

 

Based on overwhelming responses and the desires of numerous inquiries, Parlor developed the required documents and obtained the necessary approvals to begin to offer franchise opportunities to carefully vetted potential franchisees. If you would like to fill out a franchise inquiry form, click here.

FAQ

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Where did Parlor Doughnuts begin?

Parlor Doughnuts, featuring our layered doughnuts, started in Evansville, Indiana in February 2019.

 

Where are you located?

As of July 2021, we operate twelve shops in seven markets from coast-to-coast – and are growing!  Click here for a map of our locations and information on each shop.

 

What’s special about Parlor’s Layered Doughnut?

It is our proprietary product with layers of buttery dough fried to be crisp on the outside and light/fluffy on the inside.  A wide range of toppings are available.  Small batches are made fresh all day!

 

How can I share feedback regarding my recent experience at a Parlor Doughnuts?

We are always grateful when customers contact us to offer feedback about our restaurants, food, or service. Please email your comments to info@parlordoughnuts.com.

 

How many different doUghnut flavors do you offer?

Parlor Doughnuts offers more than 20 of our famous layered doughnuts, as well as seasonal and secret menu options!  Visit the Parlor Doughnuts Menu and start planning your doughnut order.

 

Where can I find out restaurant locations and hours?

Hours vary by location, so check our locations page for details.

 

Does Parlor Doughnuts offer delivery?

No, we do not offer delivery at this time. We do accept call ahead orders for a minimum of two dozen (this may vary depending on location). 

 

Do you offer gluten-free doughnuts?

Yes, we offer gluten-friendly/vegan options. Please click here for our Gluten-friendly doughnuts.

Where can I find allergen information?

Our gluten-friendly/vegan doughnuts & muffins are prepared cautiously in our kitchen and kept separate from all other products. They are made on a surface that is gluten/dairy free and there is always a glove change involved when making them. However, our facility is not gluten or nut-free. We try our best to prevent any cross contamination but it's not something we can guarantee

 

What other items does Parlor offer for those with special dietary needs?

Besides our vegan/gluten-friendly doughnuts and muffins, we offer keto-friendly doughnuts and dairy-free milkshakes.  Visit our menu page for more information.

 

Can I order my doughnuts online?

Unfortunately, at this time we do not have online ordering. Please click here for our locations.

 

Do I have to call before ordering?

All of our doughnuts are made-to-order, so don’t worry about calling ahead unless you have a large order (2+ dozen).  Catering orders may also be placed in advance. Contact your local Parlor Doughnuts if you would like to place an order or discuss Parlor Doughnuts catering options. Contact information can be found on the locations page.

 

I want to work for Parlor Doughnuts. How do I get a job?

Please email info@parlordoughnuts.com for a job application or visit the desired shop. 

 

Where can I buy gift cards? 

Gift cards are available at your local Parlor Doughnuts shop. Please note that gift cards are shop/area specific.

 

What inspired Parlor unique environment and décor?

For centuries, the parlor was the special room in the house where people came together to talk, and exceptional things happened.  It was usually the best-furnished room in the home where families could comfortably receive their guests.  It was where great conversation took place.  That is the environment we strive to create.  Vintage Americana feel with a modern twist!

 

What makes Parlor unique?

Our goal is to efficiently deliver a superior product, at a moderate price, with exceptional service, in a comfortable setting.  Our culture reflects our people, process, and products reflected through our values: Enthusiasm, Excellence, Efficiency, Engagement, Entrepreneurial, and Ethical. In addition to operating a successful business, we desire to build the communities where we operate, create space to facilitate conversations, develop leaders for the next generation, and give back.