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Revolution Doughnuts opens in Decatur and more news

Revolution 1There’s a new doughnut in town. Revolution Doughnuts, a modest shop with its name handwritten on the door, recently opened in Decatur.

The owner, Maria Moore Riggs, originally sold baked goods at several of Atlanta’s outdoor markets under the name “Little Red Hen Bakery.” After building a customer base for her baked goods, Riggs decided to open Revolution Doughnuts. She says, “It’s hard to make a living” working at markets that are seasonal and weather dependent.

While she had a little money to invest in securing a brick-and-mortar location, Riggs says they needed more. There was enough to get the kitchen up and running, but she had to get creative to fund the front-of-the-house build out. She started a funding campaign on Kickstarter, a creative project funding website, and raised $12,371 seed money from 333 backers.

At markets, Riggs sold more than just doughnuts. There were scones, cookies, muffins and more. She noticed that the doughnuts always sold first and “everyone got a smile over them.” She had no fryer, so she made cake doughnuts. Later, she began experimenting with fried versions in small pots of oil.

Revolution uses organic flour, local dairy and natural flavor extracts. It sells both vegan and traditional doughnuts. Riggs promises that gluten-free options are coming. The shop’s offerings like the salted caramel and bacon, vegan cake and Nutella-stuffed versions sell out before closing time on most days. (Check Revolution’s Facebook page or Twitter feed before heading over.)Revolution 2

Riggs says her long range plans might include locations in other areas around town, possibly just small walk-ups to get a cup of coffee and a doughnut. In the meantime, she continues to sell her products at the farmers markets in Grant Park, East Atlanta Village and the Decatur Farmstand. At some point, Revolution Doughnuts may also begin to carry her other baked goods, like the pimento cheese scone, a most requested item.

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 908 W. College Ave., Decatur. 678-927-9920. $.

In other news:

Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop celebrates grand opening tomorrow

  • Located on Main Street in Tucker, Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop sells cakes, cupcakes, brownies and other treats. The bakery now offers espresso-based beverages. Tomorrow, at its grand opening celebration, Sweet Dee’s will top any purchase with a scoop of free ice cream. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. June 20. 2316 Main St., Tucker. 770-696-4461.

Former Anthony’s Restaurant becomes event space

  • A Legendary Event, Tony Conway’s catering, decor and floral company, is transforming the former Anthony’s Restaurant space in Buckhead into a special events venue. The property, to be called 3109 Piedmont Estate and Gardens, will open this fall with ballroom seating for 150 and reception space for 350-400 guests. 3109 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-841-6682.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

11 comments Add your comment


June 19th, 2012
7:33 am

eSpresso is not spelled with an X

Jenny Turknett

June 19th, 2012
7:56 am

Thanks — fixed. That’s what I get for writing this today before my morning cup of coffee!

Foodie wish

June 19th, 2012
8:34 am

So happy that Anthony’s is being returned to its former glory…its a great space and a MUCH needed venue.

Name changed to protect the hungry

June 19th, 2012
12:31 pm

Revolution is decent. The first donuts I had were too chewy. The second time were much better. The big drag is it takes awhile to get a donut with all the Decatur yuppies there and their screaming kids…..The shop needs to have 1 person working the cash register and 2 people serving the donuts. It will move much faster. Also, the girl serving the donuts does not need to handle each one as if it were a priceless glass sculpture. Doing so just slows the serving process.


June 19th, 2012
3:02 pm

Good luck to Revolution and their start up at that location. I recently heard one of the founders of Kickstarter speak at a design conference and learned that funders receive certain paybacks… will it be in donuts? To hear what Charles Adler of Kickstarter had to say, go to my audioblog at


June 19th, 2012
4:58 pm

Thrilled to hear that Anthory’s has been purchased by a reputable company – what a fantastic place. We had our rehearsal dinner there (when it was Anthony’s) and it was the perfect place – an oasis in Buckhead. I was saddened to hear about the nightmares with the last owners.


June 19th, 2012
9:13 pm

Revolution is amazing, in my opinion. The service is a little slow on weekends and yes oh my gosh, lots of toddlers, but it’s worth it (or just pop in on weekdays). To me, the most annoying thing is the kids working behind the counter (literally, children) who consistently give me the wrong doughnuts. Drives me nuts.

Those who donated to the Kickstarter are being thanked for their donations with dougnuts, depending on the amount they gave.

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June 20th, 2012
8:18 pm

Sweet dee’s is great! Check it out! Granddaughter and I loved the cupcakes.


June 21st, 2012
6:24 am

With Avellino’s and Ale Yeah as Revolution Doughnuts’ neighbors, that location is now being referred to as “The Home Simpson Shopping Center”…


June 21st, 2012
10:29 am

I wish she’d open a walk-up shop downtown. I’d love one of those Nutella-filled doughnuts right now!