Sean Harshbargar by no means imagined his hometown pastor would finally change into his boss.
The 32-year-old Denver resident opened Colorado’s first Parlor Doughnuts, which relies in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana, in Denver in February. He’s planning to open a second location subsequent month at 5001 S. Parker Highway, Unit 112, in Aurora.
Harshbargar’s former pastor, Darrick Hayden, launched Parlor Doughnuts together with his son Noah in 2019. The chain now has seven areas in Indiana, Florida, California, South Carolina, Texas and Tennessee, together with Denver.
Harshbargar is a part-owner of the Colorado shops, and in addition serves as normal supervisor.
“The way in which he began was by getting managers that he knew and trusted effectively, and it type of labored out for each of us,” Harshbargar mentioned of Hayden. “I noticed the success in Evansville, and actually benefit from the product and the general firm itself. So, I knew it will be an amazing match.”
The chain serves “layered donuts” created from croissant dough. The gadgets are typically known as “cronuts,” though technically that’s trademarked.
Parlor Doughnuts’ 1,700-square-foot store at 95 Lincoln St., beforehand dwelling to Spur Espresso, is open every day from 7 a.m. to six p.m.
It serves layered donuts in 20 completely different flavors, together with strawberry shortcake, cookies n’ cream, French toast and “Campfire” with a chocolate glaze, toasted mini marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs. The dough is layered in butter for a flaky candy end.
The donut store additionally provides vegan and keto donuts, donuts for canine, espresso, fresh-pressed juices and milkshakes in each donut taste.
Harshbargar signed a lease for the Aurora area across the identical time he opened the Baker location and has already been making all of the donuts there. Now, he’s including counter service.
“Darrick knew Denver can be an amazing marketplace for these donuts since there’s not too many croissant-like donuts round right here. And, as an enormous time snowboarder, he wished an excuse to go to the mountains,” Harshbargar mentioned.
Hayden was at all times a donut connoisseur, making an attempt new varieties when he toured together with his son Noah’s Christian rock band again within the day, and he fell in love with the “cronut” fad that began in New York.
Noah, alternatively, was a espresso connoisseur who opened his personal espresso roastery in Evansville in 2015 after his band days. Every of Parlor Doughnuts’ areas serve espresso roasted by his firm.
Ultimately, Harshbargar mentioned, he hopes to open round 5 donut outlets in Colorado, together with one other in Denver and presumably one in Boulder or different mountain cities.
Parlor Doughnuts, which he mentioned has plans to open six new shops this yr, can be on the brink of franchise and broaden into New York.
“Darrick has been profitable for the reason that begin, and now he’s driving the wave,” Harshbargar mentioned.