When the first Federal Donuts opened one early morning in October 2011, crowds of hungry Philadelphians descended upon the humble shop. Lines snaked out the door and down quiet residential Two Street in South Philly, bringing to life a weird idea dreamed up by five partners with deep food experience.
Federal Donuts is the world's first fried chicken and donut shop, serving affordable comfort classics in unexpected flavors to a diverse group of guests. The crowds come for donuts first, served either Fancy (glazed and decorated each morning) or Hot Fresh (fried to order and tossed in flavored sugars). At 11am, the Korean-style fried chicken rolls out - super crispy, twice-fried birds coated in either dry seasonings or glazes.
Philadelphia's response to FedNuts was so enthusiastic, a second shop opened in Center City just one year later. There are currently six brick and mortar Federal Donuts stores in Philadelphia, as well as seasonal locations at Citizens Bank Park (home of the Phillies) and Spruce Street Harbor Park. Federal Donuts still has eyes on Nashville.