Voodoo Doughnut getting ready to get weird on Colfax

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The Denver incarnation of Voodoo Doughnuts will open at 1520 East Colfax Avenue.
Voodoo Doughnut co-founder Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and partner Tres Shannon want to keep doughnut culture alive -- and outside of their original locations in Oregon, Denver felt like the next best place to spread that philosophy, with a smattering of cereal-topped delights and the coveted maple bacon bars.

The duo found the grittiness of Colfax to be a perfect fit for the candy-pink storefront, which could open this month. We recently caught up with Pogson and Shannon to learn more about what's in store for Denver.

See also: Voodoo Doughnuts should be ready to bewitch Denver this fall

For example, every Voodoo Doughnut shop has a black-velvet painting that the owners like to call the "Spirit Channeler." Oregon muses have included Isaac Hayes and Kenny Rogers -- and Denver's will take the form of a painting of East High School-alum Pam Grier.

Another way that Voodoo will adapt to Denver culture is with the creation of several Denver-inspired doughnuts. "We're thinking of a Colfax Cream," explains Pogson. "We'll probably think about something that looks like the Capitol dome, white with a circling strip of gold to emphasize that it's under construction. We'll likely create a few around Denver sports players."

Voodoo will take advantage of local purveyors, too -- like Denver's Novo Coffee, which they chose as their main pour. "They're really down-to-earth people," says Shannon. "We really like them."

In terms of doughnut-making tradition, Voodoo turns its nose up at chains like Dunkin' Donuts, which recently opened two stores in Denver. "We're dedicated to the art of doughnut-making," says Shannon. "We fry them, and we're constantly filtering the oil." Their dedication is rooted in their original doughnut training with three "doughnut wizards" in a suburb of Los Angeles, who collectively had 150 years of doughnut-making experience.

But this crew is also dedicated to bringing a Voodoo taste of the weird and exotic to Colfax. Along with flavor offerings that fall under those categories, Pogson and Shannon look forward to keeping their eccentric wedding tradition alive -- Voodoo has officiated at a slew of weddings in Oregon -- especially in a state where same-sex civil unions are legal.

"We're bringing the circus to town," says Shannon. "And Denver jumped out to us as a spot that has the Voodoo vibe."




Location Info

Voodoo Doughnut

1520 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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marconibologna
marconibologna

So excited!! I moved to Denver from Portland two years ago and this is like a little piece of home coming to stay!! CAN'T WAIT!!

Shane Linart
Shane Linart

A new donut shop that actually warrants getting in a tizzy about.

Pete Wade
Pete Wade

The Old Dirty Bastard is amazing. Classic Maple Bacon Bar.

Tom Cady
Tom Cady

Are Voodoo donuts coming to Underhill Zack?

Christi Goodwin
Christi Goodwin

We are dieing for GluTen-Free VoOdoO doughnuts!!! But I.ll be sending all my Friends to see ya on Colfax til then!! ALL haiL the VoOdoO!!

F.Denver
F.Denver

Why Denver? This place sucks ASS

onehipmama
onehipmama

May you find "the magic in the hole" in Denver at Voodoo! Good things truly come in pink boxes! I am so excited!

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

That Fruit Loop one scares the hell out of me!

Alondra Leon
Alondra Leon

Yay! I've always wanted to try them. Psycho Donuts is the closest I've gotten.

Megan Foley
Megan Foley

We're gonna get so fat Owen Madden I'm excited

Dustin Booth
Dustin Booth

Isn't this old news? The shop's had a 'coming soon' sign forever.

rhardon1
rhardon1

Please tell me they are bringing the maple bacon bar with them!

Ashley Roop Legler
Ashley Roop Legler

I think "Colfax Cream" is perfect - what would you expect from a place whose tag line is "good things come in pink boxes"......? Super excited.

Gayle Belvin
Gayle Belvin

I can't wait to get my Rapper's Delight!!

Matt Chu
Matt Chu

They might wana re-think the colfax cream name. eww

Mary Shelton
Mary Shelton

omg i'm so excited! this is going to go over so well. i don't know what it is about people in denver but they go nuts over donuts

ballpark
ballpark

Hey Westword, did you mean to flag Dunkin's location on Broadway on this post about Voodoo?

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

After a recent extremely disappointing trip down memory lane at Dunkin' I can't wait for Voodoo.   Hope their creations are worth an occasional fat and calorie splurge - DD's  certainly weren't.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

@ballpark blame the editor. the original copy had a reference to dunkin', which i cut...but i forgot to take out the map link. my apologies.

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