The Salty Donut Wraps Trio of New Tenants at Tennyson Street’s Lantern

The Salty donut shop and bakery will arrive at the renovated Lantern on Tennyson in early 2024.
A black and white NYE donut from The Salty Donut.
Photo courtesy of The Salty Donut.

Three tenants have now signed leases to occupy The Lantern at 3985 Tennyson St. Under renovation via Rue, a Dallas-based real estate firm, The Salty Donut shop and bakery will accompany the fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen and Two Hands, a fresh ingredient-based, Australian-style cafe serving breakfast through dinner.

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“We’re really excited about it,” The Salty Donut’s chief marketing officer Danny Pizarro said in a conversation with What Now. “It’s a great fit for us and a market we can expand into. This is not just a one store market.”

After beginning by perfecting “a really freakin’ good donut” in a Miami commissary kitchen and selling to community members from a 1950’s vintage Aljoa camper bought on credit, The Salty Donut has expanded its imprint to six open locations, five upcoming stores, and (counting Colorado) four states.

In addition to over a dozen donuts that range from a traditional glazed to a white chocolate tres leches, The Salty Donut also features rolls and meat- and cheese-filled kolaches — traditional Czech pastries. Donuts can also be enjoyed with The Salty Donut’s craft coffee (dipped or undipped — your choice).

Residents excited for the expansion will still have to wait awhile before The Salty Donut or any Lantern restaurant opens its doors to the public. The building is undergoing extensive renovations after being vacant post fire damage over five years ago. Pizarro said that he expects The Salty Donut to open sometime early in 2024.

Matthew Denis

Matthew D. Denis is a Bend, Oregon-based freelance reporter with a predilection for existential expression. Be it art, backcountry exploration, overland road rallies, or Zimbabwean beats, Matt is there to describe the culture and expression that defines our humanity. You can find his work in ArtNews, The Register-Guard, The Manual, U.S. News & World Report, and more. When Matt's not typing on keys, he'll likely be exploring books, creative writing, or endless Western wilds.
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