Rumors are swirling that Denver is getting a Voodoo Doughnut
Since Portland-based Voodoo Doughnut first sprung onto the scene in 2003, it has become an international phenomenon: The place, owned by Tres Shannon and Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson pairs weirdly flavored, irreverently named doughnuts -- like the Gay Bar ("chocked full of luscious cream and all the colors of the rainbow!") and the Maple Blazer Blunt ("It's a raised doughnut rolled into a blunt with maple frosting and red sprinkle ember, prices vary due to Blazer Mania!") -- with eclectic decor themed around voodoo priests. It's famous for it's bacon-maple bar and banned doughnuts -- like one glazed with Nyquil -- and it's been featured on Anthony Bourdain's show and named an international tourist destination by the Los Angeles Times. You can also get married on site.
Voodoo has yet to expand out of Oregon -- but we've heard credible rumblings that the doughnut shop is coming to Denver.
Owner Tres Shannon won't confirm the rumor, but he does admit that he and his cohorts have been out exploring Tokyo, Amsterdam, New York -- and Denver. And Denver is as much in play as any of those other cities.
"We'll do something here in the next year," he says. "Denver's definitely on the radar."
In particular, he says, Denver has meaning for him. "I did my glory years in Colorado. I'm a big Broncos and Nuggets fan. I love Denver. We love dealing with sports teams and scandals and things. We think Denver would be a great place."
So what would push the doughnut company over the edge? "It would really help if Denver really wants us," he explains. "We want to go where we fit in." He also mentions it would be nice if a Chamber of Commerce would wine and dine them a little. Ultimately though, "If someone could show me, like, 50,000 people in Denver wanted us, we'd take that seriously. And come on, Tim Tebow. One mile closer to God."