Nomad Donuts launches its first outpost outside of North Park today inside EMMES’ 701B, a newly-renovated downtown office tower on B Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Its hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; to celebrate the opening, the cafe will be giving away doughnuts this morning starting at 10 a.m. until supplies last.
Now partnered with local group Legal Restaurants, Nomad Donuts founder Brad Keiller he’s focused on maintaining the craft of their products, which are still made from scratch in its main North Park kitchen, as the brand continues to grow. He tells Eater that he’s looking forward to gaining more exposure for their wood-fired, Montreal-style bagels.
As it evolves into a more comprehensive cafe experience, the shop has expanded its menu; this location will offer a rotating variety of doughnuts as well as bagel sandwiches but also galettes, parfaits, cookies, croissants, and other sweet treats. Other lunchtime offerings are also in the works. Nomad has new coffee and tea purveyors — San Francisco’s Sightglass Coffee and the Art of Tea out of Los Angeles — and is also pouring kombucha, matcha tea, and cold brew coffee on tap.
The building, which will soon be the new home of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, also features an adjacent dining area and large outdoor plaza that will be turned into a fast-casual eatery and cocktail bar. Legal Restaurants’ Nick Sanderson says the project should be complete by early 2019.
The group is developing several food and beverage amenities for office buildings in neighborhoods in San Diego and beyond, including The Florence inside Kilroy Sabre Springs. Set to debut in January, it will span a Nomad Donuts cafe and an 8,000-square-foot full-service restaurant and bar serving a California-Mediterranean menu. And shipping container-sized versions of the eatery are also in development for Killroy buildings in Carmel Valley and Del Mar.