Hot donuts, made-from-scratch breakfast sandwiches, pastries and real fruit smoothies—they are all on the menu at the Arizona Donut Company, open 24 hours in Tempe.
Owners Sokly and Lyn Chamroeun came to the United States from Cambodia nine years ago. The couple began working at a Valley donut shop and spent time in nearly every role including baker and cashier. They knew that someday they wanted to open a shop of their own.
On December 11, 2012, Sokly and Lyn opened Arizona Donut Company in Tempe. The shop serves nearby neighbors, local business professionals and ASU students.
“We have a lot of experience operating a donut shop,” Lyn says. “We always wanted to have our own location.”
The Chamroeuns are quick to share their secret to success: serve fresh, hot donuts daily. Arizona Donut Company bakes their donuts and other menus onsite—something not a lot of chains do. Delivery is available, too.
“We make our donut frosting, including flavors like cherry, cinnamon crumb and toasted coconut, which is toasted fresh every morning” Lyn says.
Donut fillings such as chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are also made in house, as are the apple fritters.
Those looking for something more savory can chose from a handful of breakfast sandwiches like the sausage and egg on a croissant.
“We scramble and cook all the eggs and bake fresh croissants and bagels,” Lyn adds.
For lunch, the donut shop offers tuna, ham and cheese, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, all of which are served on a croissant or roll.
Plenty of beverage options are available including coffee — both hot and iced — cappuccinos, mochas, hot chocolate and green tea. Smoothies are a favorite among customers.
“We use fresh fruit, such as mango and strawberry, in all of our smoothies,” Lyn says. Other flavors include lychee, pineapple, peach, blueberry and banana.
Sokly and Lyn are thankful for their business success and want to eventually open another Valley location. For now, they are simply appreciative of the community’s overwhelming support.
“We’re so grateful for our customers,” Lyn says.
Address: 1030 W. Broadway Road, Tempe
Phone: (480) 968-1321
Meghann Finn Sepulveda, The Entertainer! Magazine / Edited for Phoenix.org