Next stop for Strange Donuts: Kirkwood

This story originally appeared on RealTime/STL.

Attention Kirkwood: Things are about to get strange.

In March, the owners of Strange Donuts announced they would be opening a second location, but they’ve been keeping that location mum. Now we may have an answer.

The Kirkwood Planning and Zoning Commission approved a petition Wednesday for a restaurant permit for Strange Donuts for 107 1/2 E. Argonne Drive in Kirkwood. The approved space, just northeast of the Kirkwood Amtrak station, is 375 square feet.

A snapshot of 107 E. Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, from Google Streetview.
A snapshot of 107 E. Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, from Google Streetview.

“What’s ‘strange’?” one of the commissioners asked after the petition was reviewed. Strange Donuts co-owner Jason Bockman explained how different ingredients were used in the shop’s creations.

“We have worked with six James Beard nominees — chefs that have won the highest accolades in the world,” Bockman said. “We have developed donuts from regular glazed doughnuts to, this past weekend, we had something called the Finding Nori, which was seaweed, roasted sesame seed, sesame oil and sea-salted caramel, up to the Chicken and Waffle doughnut, where the doughnut itself is waffle batter, then there’s a large chicken tender placed on top with butter and syrup.”

“It’s definitely not a typical pastry,” he said.

The Kirkwood City Council must approve the petition; the council next meets on May 1. Strange Donuts opened its first location at 2709 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, in October.

In other new business before Kirkwood’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Sammy Soap sought a permit to open just down the street at 123 W. Argonne Drive. Owner Karen Copeland and two partners will be making and selling soap. “It’s probably easier than making doughnuts,” she told the commission.

The zoning commission meets again May 7.