After two years of waiting, Top Pot Doughnuts in Proctor opened Thursday.
The coffee-and-doughnut cafe is located inside the Proctor Station building at 2724 N. Proctor St.
“People have been very patient with us, which we appreciate. It’s been a long process,” co-owner Mark Klebeck said Wednesday by phone. He operates the company with his brother, Mike. Both grew up in Lakewood, and Mark is a 1983 Clover Park High School graduate. Michael graduated in 1984.
As The News Tribune reported in August 2015, this will be the first South Sound location for the company (the next closest one is in Renton). The opening was delayed by construction setbacks, as well as permit issues, Klebeck said.
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Their Seattle-based business now has about 20 locations around Western Washington and in Texas. The company, which touts its “hand-forged doughnuts,” is known for its classic doughnuts with occasional fanciful flavors, such as seasonal offerings of cherry blossom or chai cake doughnuts.
The Proctor location duplicates the decor of the other Top Pot cafes, with light-colored wood and a nod to architecture of the mid-20th century. Klebeck said his brother Mike made all the birch cabinetry at the Proctor location.
There’s seating for 70 with a full espresso menu and a choice of about three dozen kinds of doughnuts. However, those doughnuts won’t be made at the Proctor bakery. The company centralized its bakery operations a few years ago and opened a central kitchen in Tukwila that supplies all the local Top Pot cafes with doughnuts, Klebeck said.
He also said the company roasts its own coffee at the company’s Fifth Avenue Seattle location. Expect seasonal coffee additions, such as the fall offering of pumpkin-spice flavorings made by the company.
And what goes swell with doughnuts? Ice cream. The cafe will open with two kinds of soft serve.
The big question now is when will the University Place outpost of Top Pot open? Klebeck said he does not have a specific date, but it will be sometime later this summer. That cafe will be slightly smaller, with seating for about 35-40.
Top Pot Doughnuts
Where: 2724 N. Proctor St., Tacoma