It's been over a year since the Salty Donut announced the opening of its second shop. Next Friday, May 24, co-owners Amanda and Andy Rodriguez will finally debut the 1,300-square-foot space, which is located in South Miami adjacent to the former Fox's Sherron Inn.
"Since Andy and I live so close, South Miami holds a special place in our hearts," Amanda says. "That's why I spilled my heart and soul into every tiny detail at the new shop. I wanted to make sure the space feels like a place where people want hang out and feel comfortable, as if they were eating at a family member's home."
To celebrate the opening, the Salty Donut will debut a limited-edition rum cake "croughnut," available only in South Miami through Sunday, June 2. Each one is made with 24-hour brioche dough, tossed in cinnamon sugar, filled with Havana Club rum custard, and topped with Valrhona Dulcey buttercream and homemade rum cake. Customers 21 years old and up will receive a mini bottle of Havana Club rum with their doughnut, as well as a cocktail recipe card with instructions on how to make a Café Cooler cocktail.
Plus, the first 50 customers on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will receive a free tote bag filled with a new-release diner mug, a Salty Donut grand opening blend of Intelligentsia coffee, and a South Miami sticker.
"Aside from the envelope-pushing doughnuts everyone knows us for, South Miami is also getting its first craft coffee shop," Amanda says. "We’ve really stepped our coffee program up to a new level."
There will be a larger indoor-outdoor space than in Wynwood, giving customers more room to spread out with a doughnut and coffee. The shop will offer communal seating to promote a sense of community.
"In order to create a space that transcends food and beverage, you need to have communal seating," Amanda says. "It fosters experiences, conversations, and togetherness, which are the building blocks for our company and what we stand for."
The new shop will also include an open kitchen, giving customers an inside look at the magic that is a Salty Donut doughnut.
"There are no walls to hide behind," Amanda says. "This is us in our true form –– vulnerable and excited to show that what we do takes a village. It’s not about one person, it’s not about a particular recipe, it’s not about social media. What we do is hard and it takes so many incredibly skilled people."
The opening comes more than three and a half years after the Salty Donut debuted as Miami's first artisanal doughnut shop in Wynwood. The couple spent about a year operating as a pop-up while waiting for construction and permit approvals. In December 2016, the business transitioned to a permanent location at the Wynwood Arcade.
The Salty Donut has captured the hearts and stomachs of thousands of Miamians through a slate of exceptional flavors such as rainbow dough, boozy glazes and fillings, cannoli-shaped versions, doughnut burgers, and sticky bun doughnuts, as well as innovative vegan and gluten-free varieties.
The Salty Donut South Miami. 6022 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami; saltydonut.com. Opening Friday, May 24. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday.