Donut Bar is Now Open in Downtown Riverside


(This article was written by Fielding Buck and published in The Press Enterprise on January 24, 2020.)

There’s a new place in downtown Riverside where customers can get beer and unicorn doughnuts under one roof.

The Donut Bar opened on Saturday, January 25th, on the Main Street Pedestrian Mall with swag bags, music, a photo booth, and face painting.

“We’re going to have a good time, that’s for sure,” said Santiago Campa, who founded the chain in San Diego and wants to grow it through franchising. The first franchise opened in Temecula in late 2018.

In addition to display cases filled with two dozen kinds of doughnuts, the Donut Bar has taps for eight craft beers, including local pours such as Marshmallow Milk Stout from Garage Brewing Co., Mango Passion Fruit Wheat from Stone Church Brewing, Mexican Lager from Ironfire Brewing Company, and Pollux Glazed Donut Beer from Euryale Brewing Co.

The Donut Bar is on the ground floor of Mission Square, a six-story office building at Market Street and University Avenue. Retrofitting an office building for kitchen space delayed its opening, said Nathan Freeman, Senior Project Manager for the city.

It is only one new eatery on and near the Main Street Pedestrian Mall.

The Salted Pig recently held a soft opening in its new location in the Imperial Hardware Lofts after a long delayed move from its original home on 12th Street. One of Inland Empire’s first gastropubs, The Salted Pig is owned by recently elected City Councilman Ronaldo Fierro.

In December 2019, Fire Up Grill opened next to the Donut Bar.

Freeman said projects are expected to open this winter or spring include Slater’s 50/50 in the same building as Donut Bar; a 10th Street nightclub called the Downtown Experiment; Arcade Coffee Roasters; Lot 713 Craft Brewery; Kaz Ramen; Packinghouse Brewing Company; The Lobby Craft Cocktails; and Hotz Kitchen and Cocktails.