Why have a traditional ribbon cutting when you can have a donut ribbon cutting? At 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 co-founders of FROST donuts Daniel Sterling and Del Hernandez along with their employees and representatives of Kemper Development, bit into chocolate frosted donuts strung along a pink ribbon to celebrate their third location opening and their first in Bellevue. FROST now occupies the space where Tully’s Coffee was previously in Lincoln Square.
“This is absolutely amazing,” said Hernandez who handles the culinary side of the business. He says their donuts are so good because they’re made with love and high quality ingredients. FROST is well known around the area for their famous Salted Carmel donut. Or, as Sterling puts it, “the donut that started it all.” They opened their first location in Mill Creek in 2009 and their second in Everett last summer. A fourth store is in the works but the location is still under wraps.
FROST offers a wide variety of donuts. Some have a permanent place on the menu, like their Smoky Bacon Maple Bar. According to Sterling, they fry hundreds of pounds of bacon a week for the decadent donut. Others are seasonal. Right now they’re celebrating the holidays with an Egg Nog French Imperial, a St. Nick Peppermint Twist and more.
But FROST offers a lot more than donuts. For those who were sad to see Tully’s go, word on the street is that FROST makes a mean cup of joe. The company has its own coffee blend and a full service espresso bar. They have their own chai and 60 different flavored syrups. Plus, they’re adding food to the menu.
“This will be a very interesting time for us,” said Sterling. “We are launching a whole new savory menu today, lots of fun new products.”
On the menu are hot pressed sandwiches including an Applewood bacon, pear & brie, scratch-made soups and signature salads like their cranberry pecan.
FROST received national attention after Hernandez won The Food Network’s Donut Showdown in 2015. FROST is one of several locally-owned restaurants in Lincoln Square.