Donut + Dog opens its doors and lends a helping hand

Posted at 7:55 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 11:08:21-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — The Coronavirus has impacted those in our community, deeply.

At Idaho News 6, we’re committed to doing our part to help the community get back on their feet, especially our local business owners.

Today’s installment of “We’re Open” tells you about the good deeds one savory and sweet eatery is doing just weeks after re-opening.

Donut + Dog is best known for its 20-hour brioche donuts and hot dog buns. Their gourmet handcrafted menu items are nationally recognized thanks to Buzzfeed and Good Morning America, but the national recognition couldn’t protect them from the pandemic.

Owners Will and Nicole Primavera tell Idaho News 6 they were one of the first businesses at The Village in Meridian to close their doors. They made the tough decision to keep the safety of their employees and customers in mind, hoping to “get ahead of the curve.”

After taking the time to develop a curbside and delivery method they felt comfortable with, the Primaveras finally found it and opened their doors again. With the support of the community, they were selling out one day after the next.

While their doors may have been closed, Will, his head chef, and his wife were still working behind the scenes making food for healthcare workers across the Treasure Valley.

"Our belief is local supporting local," says Will.

With business looking up, Will says he and his wife are expanding their “pay it forward” efforts. Will tells Idaho News 6 that right around National Donut Day, you’ll probably see them at quite a few of the grocery stores in the Treasure Valley. He says they're going to randomly select some people they feel needed and take care of the groceries.

National Donut Day is Friday, June 5th.

Donut + Dog is open for takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery Thursday 8 a.m to 3 p.m and Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m to 4 p.m.