I repeat: VooDoo Doughnut is open! And, yes, there's already a line down the block.

The downtown VooDoo has been closed for several months as it expanded from its broom closet sized hole-in-the-wall into part of the old Berbati's Pan space (RIP). They've hired over a dozen new employees and today is the first day of their "soft opening"—they'll only be open this weekend until they sell out of doughnuts. Once the kinks in the system are worked out, the new VooDoo will have four registers running and be open 24/7 (likely by next week, says owner Tres Shannon).

The grand opening is July 9th, involving some sort of street party with a guy named "Hogwild" at 2pm.

I bumped into Tres while I waited in line for a classic chocolate coconut doughnut and he gave me a whirlwind tour of the much-expanded kitchen. I wasn't allowed to take photos, but the doughnut-makers definitely have more space to work in the new place. The well-known old entrance leads straight into the fryer.

There's a bunch of cute little touches in the remodel. Photos, photos!

VooDoo stained glass by artist Chuck Franklin
  • VooDoo stained glass by artist Chuck Franklin

I love the new sign. But Im a sucker for neon.
  • I love the new sign. But I'm a sucker for neon.
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New shirts. Lots of them.
  • New shirts. Lots of them.
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Theyre also glittering the whole building, painting over the bricks with shiny glitter paint. VooDoo has also installed a bunch of new security cameras.
  • They're also "glittering" the whole building, painting over the bricks with shiny glitter paint. VooDoo has also installed a bunch of new security cameras.
I told Tres, Look like an upstanding citizen!
  • I told Tres, "Look like an upstanding citizen!"