Five-O Donut Co isn't the only new doughnut shop coming to downtown Sarasota. Donut Stop is slated to open next month in the space that used to house the much-missed Flour Parlor. The shop is helmed by first-time food entrepreneur Louie Milonas, who is planning to serve a pick of cake doughnuts, brownies and cookies, plus coffee, sodas and juices.
Milonas, 44, was born in New Hampshire, but grew up in Greece and learned to cook from his uncles and father. He first visited Sarasota because his grandfather bought a home on Anna Maria Island in the '80s. After a career with a vending company and as a cell phone technician, he and his wife moved to Sarasota to open up Donut Stop. "I've always wanted to have something of my own," he says.
Milonas' brother-in-law, who owns the burger chain Bareburger, is helping him get started, as is another pastry chef. The menu will include a mix of dough flavorings and toppings, with a lean toward organic and non-GMO. "I'm trying to keep it as healthy as possible," Milonas says. But: "I know it's still a doughnut," he adds with a laugh.
The basic Flour Parlor footprint is still in place, although counters are shifting. Before he can get up and running, Milonas is waiting for a new enclosed kitchen hood, which should arrive early next month. After that begins Milonas' testing process, and then eventually we get to eat them, too.
Donut Stop will be located at 128 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota.