Johnny Doughnuts, a wildly popular doughnut truck operation with a San Rafael shop that’s had to double in size to keep up with demand, is now larger still with the opening of its San Francisco location. Significantly delayed — it’s been sitting on the opening radar for over a year and had initially planned to open last winter — Johnny is up and running at 392 Fulton (at Gough) in the first floor space of a new Hayes Valley condo building, with blockbuster sushi spot Robin as its neighbor. Day one for doughnuts was Saturday.
Established in 2012 by Craig Blum, Johnny has already endeared itself to area customers with regular truck appearances at PROXY. The brick-and-mortar menu is roughly the same as the selection offered by truck, a doughnut survey course from dense, cake-y old fashioneds to light, fluffy raised doughnuts (with the advent of fresh potato in the dough).
Johnny is also known for its literally jam-packed bismarks in seasonal flavors and its popular “crodough,” a trendy hybrid of rising, flaky pastry dough that’s fried like a donut and stuffed with custard. For the gluten free folks, there’s even a wheat-free “fritter thang,” and Johnny’s also serves coffee and espresso drinks.
The airy interior of the Hayes Valley shop has several smaller tables and a communal picnic-style table. Daily hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until sold out.