With doughnuts from Miami’s cult baker Chef Max Santiago
Over-the-top sweets chain Sugar Factory, approved by celebrities like Drake, Pitbull, and the Kardashians, opens its first Washington outpost at Bellevue’s Shops at the Bravern this summer, likely in August. The whopping 9,000-square-foot retail/restaurant combo seats 250, with a spectacular view of Bellevue, plenty of outdoor space, and even a chocolate lounge, a first in this format for the company.
For the most part, Sugar Factory Bellevue’s menu will be consistent with the insanity available at locations like Las Vegas, New York City, and Los Angeles. At retail, the business is known for its couture pops. At the bar, fruity cocktails practically glow in the dark and are served in goblets garnished with lollipops, while loose-definition martinis come in flavors like peanut butter cup.
What sets the Bellevue restaurant apart is the 2,500-square-foot chocolate lounge that will serve doughnuts from pastry chef Max Santiago, who developed a cult following for his own outrageous creations at Miami’s Salty Donut. He left The Salty Donut in March and is helping The Sugar Factory open doughnut and coffee shops in New York, but the Bellevue expansion appears to be the first to combine all aspects under one roof. Boston cream, charcoal-maple-bacon-bourbon, and original cannoli are a few of the selections that will be in the display case.