Fans of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, "Dr. Who" and "Star Trek" might geek out over the Region's newest doughnut shop.
SciFi Donuts has blasted off 138 S. Broad St. in downtown Griffith and is looking to open satellite locations around Northwest Indiana, including in Valparaiso. The science fiction-themed doughnut shop and cafe specializes in elaborate, artisan cake donuts, which are served in a space with star charts, solar system maps and posters for movies like "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
Owners Jo and Dave Noteboom started out selling doughnuts at the Valparaiso Market and decided they wanted to establish brick-and-mortar locations. Expansion will depend on how popular the concept proves.
"It was a dream we had been thinking about," Jo Noteboom said. "So many people do fried donuts. All our donuts are baked and handcrafted. We want to be different and creative. It's all made from scratch right here. We use natural ingredients as much as we can."
All of the doughnuts have science fiction-themed names. The Black Hole, for instance, is a chocolate doughnut with chocolate frosting, chips and sprinkles, while the Spock is a cornmeal doughnut with barbecue sauce and bacon "because a BBQ doughnut with bacon is logical." A top seller is The Rings of Saturn, a vanilla doughnut with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles.
"We want it to be a whole experience," she said. "It was important we decorated the shop this way. ... We appeal to a lot of different people, but sci-fi buffs have been excited."
The doughnut shop is just the latest business with hipster cachet to open in downtown Griffith, which has undergone a renaissance with Grindhouse Cafe, a juicery, a record shop, an arcade bar, three craft breweries and the Charcuterie specialty grocer.
SciFi Donuts, which can seat about 40 diners in a 900-square-foot space, is covered wall to wall with science fiction and pop culture paraphernalia, such as a telescope pointing out the window, a robot and a sign warning customers not to feed the zombies. A gallery space shows the work of three local artists, and their paintings and photography is available for sale.
The doughnut shop employs about 40 people. It serves Piper and Leaf Tea and Baxter Coffee, including nitro cold brew. It also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner foods, including salads, sandwiches and pizza.
SciFi Donuts has a small stage and plans to host live music on the weekends and eventually larger concerts out back by the Erie Lackawanna Trail.
The business is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 219-513-6880 or visit https://www.facebook.com/scifidonuts/.