Glamdoll Donuts, 2605 Nicollet Avenue S.
This trendy new late-night bakery is pretty pink and pretty delicious, but Glam Doll Donuts wasn’t always so glam. The retro-styled bakery, which recently opened in the Whittier Neighborhood, was previously home to Strudel & Nudel, a German deli owned by Erich and Joanne Christ, longtime owners of The Black Forest Inn. The Black Forest Restaurant began in May 1965 as a small tavern that used a portable grill to cook bratwurst. After being featured in Will Jones’ Minneapolis Tribune column in 1969, business boomed, allowing Christ to purchase the building and adjacent properties. In 1985 Strudel & Nudel opened at 2605 Nicollet Ave, serving wursts, cold cut meats, cheeses, sandwiches, salads, hard rolls, and of course, strudel. Glam Doll Donuts shares part of its kitchen with The Black Forest Inn.
Prior to the deli, the building housed a long history of auto dealers and repair garages. The brick building was built in 1912 as a garage, changing hands over nine times, but remaining an auto garage until 1985. The longest running garage was Certified Auto Body Repairs, Inc., which occupied the property from 1958-1985. Before that, it was home to R.D. Douglas Garage (1916), J.T. Smith Used Cars (1921), Nicollet Service Garage (early 1940s), and the Lake Street Nash Body Shop (late 1950s), among others.
Glam Doll Donuts has already gotten mentions from City Pages and the Star Tribune and has received rave reviews from the community. There are donuts for the adventurous: the Chart Topper with peanut butter and Siracha, or those seeking the savory: Girl Next Door filled with muenster and provolone. You’ll find your standard vanilla or chocolate icing with sprinkles too. The Misfit and Dark Angel donuts did not disappoint.