Founders of Big Spoon Creamery, Ryan and Geri-Martha O’Hara have partnered with their close friends Jim and Amy Watkins, who founded Steel City Pops, to launch a new donut concept in Avondale called Sons Donuts.
The donut shop will be a completely new donut experience to the Birmingham market, according to Ryan. The shop will serve mini donuts cooked hot to order, with unique choices of sugar dustings and handcrafted dipping sauces.
“We’ve been working on this concept for 3+ years, and we’re so excited to finally be bringing it to fruition. It’s a very interactive experience where guests can choose the perfect flavor combination from our unique offerings of sugars and dipping sauces. Donuts are then cooked to order and served piping hot, so you can enjoy watching your donuts being made right in front of you,” says Ryan.
In addition to donuts, Sons will also offer locally roasted coffee from Non-Fiction Coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and a milk bar with house-made flavored milk shots. Geri-Martha, the pastry chef behind Big Spoon Creamery, has been responsible for developing the recipes and curating the menu.
“I am so excited to share these fluffy hot mini donuts with the Birmingham community. The Sons donut is golden brown and crispy on the outside, soft and airy on the inside. One of my all-time favorite desserts is hot donuts or beignets with a side of creme anglaise for dipping, and we’re thrilled to share that type of experience with our guests,” said Geri-Martha.
The Back Story
According to the O’Haras, their relationship with the Watkins family goes much deeper than donuts.
“We have been close friends since the early days of Big Spoon and Steel City. Our families became fast friends through business in 2015, and we’ve been close ever since,” said Ryan. “Most people would have viewed us as competitors, but we just didn’t see it that way. We’ve always supported each other’s work, and we couldn’t be more excited to finally have the opportunity to work together.”
The Watkins shared a similar sentiment about their relationship with the O’Haras.
“We have such great respect for Ryan and Geri-Martha, certainly for how they have built their business, but much more for who they are. We are grateful for their friendship and couldn’t be happier to be collaborating on Sons,” said Amy. “It has been a fun collaboration, because each one of us has unique gifts that have made Sons better than it would have been if we hadn’t done it together,” said Jim.
Located in the Avondale District
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The Sons Donuts location will be in Avondale, located next door to Big Spoon Creamery at 4000 3rd Avenue South.
Hours of operation will be seven days a week. Sunday-Thursday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. with extended hours on Friday-Saturday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.
“Birmingham has been such a great home to both of our brands. We take seriously the responsibility to continue, and hopefully enhance, the rich culinary experience in Birmingham. We hope Sons Donuts makes our city proud because we sure are proud of Birmingham,” said Jim.
Coming Spring 2021
Sons Donuts is slated to open this spring, with a grand opening date TBD. Follow along on social media @sonsdonuts or visit their website for updates, www.sonsdonuts.com.