Food & Drink

Beloved Dutch Girl Donuts in Detroit is Reopening

June 09, 2023, 10:14 AM by  Allan Lengel

Great news for donut lovers. Not so great news for people watching their waisteline.

Beloved Dutch Girl Donuts on Woodward near 7 Mile Road in Detroit closed in September 2021,and it looked as if they had made their last donut.

But now comes the happy news.

On Thursday on Facebook, the donut maker posted:

We have wonderful news to share!  Dutch Girl has accepted an offer and very soon will be open again! 

The icing on the donut… Jon Timmer will be making the family recipes for all of us to enjoy.  Just as we remember!

Cecelia and John Timmer started the donut shop in 1947. It was originally called Dixie Cream Donuts, a franchise outlet, and was near the State Fairgrounds. In 1950, they moved a half-mile south to a newly constructed shop, which is where it stands today.

In the mid-1950s, they broke away from the franchise and became Dutch Girl Donuts.

In 1965, John Timmer passed away and his son Gene, a 1964 graduate of West Bloomfield High School, took over.

Gene Timmer died last Sept. 17 from cancer, just weeks after the shop hit the pause button. His son, Jon Timmer, a third-generation donut-maker, had been helping manage the shop. 

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