518 Donuts open at Clifton Park; Planned Trojan expansion – Saratogian
CLIFTON PARK, NY – A new restaurant called 518 Donuts is now open in Clifton Park, with plans to expand to Troy in the near future.
The local business – founded by Glenn Babineau, Joseph Carl and Sam Clifford – offers fresh donuts, roasted coffee and fried chicken.
518 Donuts opened in mid-September at 7 Southside Dr. in Clifton Park, in The Shops at Village Plaza, and is already seeing an overwhelming response from the community.
Still in its smooth opening phase, 518 Donuts offers a variety of freshly made cake donuts, including traditional and premium flavors such as cookies and cream, maple bacon, and cereal killer.
Donut bowls, made with Perry’s ice cream and gourmet dessert toppings are also available.
Plus, 518 Donuts serves coffee and nitro cold brew by Wired, another local business.
The full menu, which will roll out in the coming weeks, also includes fried chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and gourmet fries.
The chicken – which is fresh, never frozen, and non-GMO – is prepared with a dry brining process, then fried not once but twice for added crispness. All the fried chicken is gluten free and the sandwiches can be served on a gluten free bun.
Sandwich options are The Federal (topped with pickles, spicy 518 sauce, and American cheese), The Mac (topped with mac and cheese pickles, BBQ aioli, and crispy onions) and The Ginger (topped with Asian sesame soy, crispy onions and crumbled blue cheese)).
For customers hungry for savory and sweet, a menu item called Chicken Fried Dough features gourmet chicken fillets wrapped in donut batter, then topped with powdered sugar and maple aioli and served with a homemade dip.
This donut business idea was born when Babineau was inspired by a trip to the South. When he told his friends Clifford and Carl about his interest in opening a local donut store, they shared his entrepreneurial enthusiasm and, soon after, the trio considered the concept of a donut. and a fried chicken joint.
As 518 Donuts establish themselves in Clifton Park, the owners are already working on a second location in the Capital Region. The company is slated to open in early 2022 at 501 Broadway in downtown Troy. This restaurant, significantly larger than the Clifton Park store, will be located on the corner of Sixth Avenue in the first-floor shopping area of the News Apartments, on the site that previously housed The Record newspaper.
The Collar City was actually where 518 Donuts originally intended to open, but with a change in plans due to the pandemic, the Saratoga County store debuted first. Both of these sites are natural for the owners, who all currently live in Clifton Park but have roots in Troy. Babineau and Carl are from Troy, while Clifford is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Looking ahead, the 518 Donuts team looks forward to continuing to expand in the Capital Region and make a name for itself as a community business by supporting area charity events as well as other local businesses. They also plan to keep changing the menu to include more delicious new offerings.
More information about 518 Donuts can be found online at 518donuts.com.
For hours of operation, customers can visit www.facebook.com/518donuts or call 518-93-DONUT.
Updates on the future Trojan location, which is currently under construction, will be shared on Facebook (@ 518donuts) and Instagram (@ 518_donuts).