Duck Donuts opens a second location in Irvine at Trade Food Hall

Duck Donuts franchisee Gary Kopel is on a roll. He and his wife Minal Mehta, are owners of the  Huntington Beach location and he’s so thrilled with their new business that he opened a second store in Irvine on Thursday, Oct. 25.

“We have had an overwhelming support from the community since we opened our first location in Huntington Beach this summer and we look forward to bringing amazing warm, delicious and made-to-order doughnuts to Irvine,” he said.

“I love Gary,” said Duck Donuts regional manager Brandon King, who flew out to help open the new store. “He’s very ambitious and dedicated to the brand and we want to see him prosper and have as many stores as he wants.”

The 850 square-foot store has a viewing platform so customers can watch the doughnuts being topped, menu boards so it’s easy to order, and merchandise ranging from ball caps and T-shirts to collectible mini rubber duckies. (We think the ones sailing boats and driving sports cars will be a big hit in Orange County.)

The chain started in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in Duck and Kitty Hawk and it’s  now in 25 states, making its move out West with another in Encinitas.

There are coffee drinks and sundaes, but the main attraction is having your doughnuts made to order. You start with a plain vanilla cake doughnut made in house. Then you add a coating, a topping and a drizzle. Pick your own or go for some one of the specialty selections.

Two of the most popular are the French Toast, with maple icing, powdered sugar and cinnamon, and the Bacon in the Sun with maple icing, chopped bacon and salt caramel drizzle. The signature line includes the Beach, the Boardwalk, Beach Ball, Sand Dollar, S’mores and others.

For a limited time there will be fall selections such as pumpkin iced with streusel; vanilla iced with apple, streusel and cinnamon sugar and 10 others. A Spooky Box for Halloween includes the Werewolf, with maple icing, chopped bacon and raspberry drizzle and the Dirt and Worms with chocolate icing, Oreo crumbles and gummy worms, along with 10 others.

Kopel, a former construction salesman, loves the brand because he’s always been a dessert guy and he likes that Duck Donuts likes to connect with the community. He’s been giving scout troops tours of the store and hosting charity events — the Huntington Beach location just donated $750 to CHOC Children’s hospital through a chemo awareness program — and he’ll undertake similar philanthropic efforts in Irvine.  “We can work with schools and charities and give discounts and doughnuts for events,” he said. “Quack gives back.”

Duck Donuts

Find it: In the TRADE Food Hall at 2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949-734-6900, duckdonuts.com.

Open: 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

Prices: All doughnuts are $2.25 whether bare or with toppings. Each dozen is $19.95. Doughnut sundaes are $5.75. Rubber duckies are $1.85-$1.95.

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