In November of 2015, Patrick and Zezura Ruddell opened the Mini Doughnut Factory on South Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Mini mania soon ensued.
From Fruit Loops and cotton candy pop rocks, to cookie dough and Fruity Pebbles, this sweet spot designs the doughnut of your dreams.
Mini Doughnut Mania arrives in St. Pete
Eclectic toppings and irresistible doughnut shakes soon made them a staple in the Tampa community. Most mornings you’ll find a line of residents wrapped around the building — some hoping to be the office hero, others looking to satisfy their sunrise cravings.
Two years later, the Ruddells have their sights set on the Burg. With an unmatched social media game, and a true passion for serving the community. residents on both sides of the Howard Frankland share equal fanaticism for the concept.
Could open by the end of September
Mini Doughnut Factory, located at 730 4th Street North, could be open as soon as the end of September this year. The spacious interior will feature 30-34 seats and the factory’s all too ‘gramable‘ mural.
The factory also plans to roast their own coffee in-house. A window will allow customers to watch the transfixing process. Patrick notes that outdoor seating is in the works, as well.
Additional seating and a mural in the works for Tampa location
Outdoor seating and a mural are also in the works for the Tampa location. Their popularity, rising like some decadent soufflé, leaves little space for all who wish to enjoy their minis in the store.
Their future is anything but mini. Patrick and Zezura have scouted locations in Wesley Chapel and Carrollwood. Their aspirations could see the business branch farther out in Florida and beyond the state’s border.
Gluten-free doughnuts are available
In the interim, we’ll continue to make the trek to Tampa to nom on their gluten-free doughnuts and appreciate their rotating chalk art pieces — the Fred Flintstone illustration holds a dear place in our hearts.
There’s a reason Mini Doughnut Factory was named the Best New Business by Creative Loafing. The Ruddell’s proverbial Midas touch underscores the potential all creative concepts have in the booming Tampa Bay business scene.
Businesses continue to thrive in Tampa Bay
Their success satiates our sweet tooth, and shines a spotlight on both St. Pete and Tampa. This is the place to set roots, grow your idea, and find success.