Hero Doughnuts, founded by Wil Drake, is now open on Georgia Avenue in Summerhill. The Homewood, Alabama-based doughnut and burger shop shares a large patio space with newly opened Hot Dog Pete’s next door, founded by Alabama native Nick Pihakis. Hero Doughnuts is a partnership between Drake and Pihakis Restaurant Group, which also runs Hot Dog Pete’s and Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ.
Rodney Scott’s BBQ still plans to open this year at the Met in the historic West End neighborhood.
The menu at Hero features over a dozen doughnut flavors, including a variety of cream-filled and cake doughnuts with toppings such as Fruity Pebbles or vanilla, chocolate, or pistachio glaze. Jam-filled doughnuts tend to change with the seasons. Hero also sells doughnut holes dipped in vanilla glaze, apple fritters, and cinnamon rolls.
Most doughnuts are made using a brioche dough, which is also used to create the buns for Hero’s bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich, kolaches, hamburgers, fried bologna sandwich, and Buffalo chicken “super crunch” sandwich.
Both counter-service restaurants include some seating indoors.
The group is in the process of acquiring a liquor license for Hero to eventually serve cocktails like bloody marys and mimosas, spiked nitro iced coffees, beer, and wine. A remote meeting is scheduled to be held on July 30 to consider a number of Atlanta restaurant-related alcohol license applications awaiting approval. The license review board’s last meeting was held at the end of February, prior to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms closing City Hall and other city departments due to the ongoing health crisis. Most city offices continue to remain closed.
Hero Doughnuts joins Hot Dog Pete’s, Little Bear, Halfway Crooks Beer, Big Softie, Little Tart Bakeshop, Junior’s Pizza, and Wood’s Chapel BBQ now open on Georgia Avenue. Modern American diner Concept, Redacted bar, game bar Press Start, and Mexican gastro pub D Boca N Boca should all open within the next year.
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Update, July 31, 9:30 a.m.: This story has been updated with new information regarding the company ownership structure.
33 Georgia Avenue SE, Atlanta. herodoughnutsandbuns.com.