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Federal Donuts is opening a new shop in East Market

Josh Middleton

Lovers of donuts and fried chicken, get excited. Federal Donuts announced today that it’s opening a new location in Center City.

The expanding comfort-food chain run by CookNSolo’s Steven Cook and Chef Michael Solomonov will take up residence in a 1,180-square-foot space in the Stephen Girard Building, part of the pedestrian-oriented development project known as East Market that takes up an entire city block—from Market to Chestnut Streets and 11th to 12th Streets. The building is quickly filling up with a well-curated mix of shopping, dining and living spaces that developers hope will revitalize the area just east of City Hall.

Federal Donuts will join other Philly favorites in the building, including MOM’s Organic Market, Wawa, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and District Taco. ROOST Apartment Hotel will also run 60 stylish extended-stay rooms in the adjoining residential building, the Ludlow. Those are expected to open later this summer.

This will be the seventh location of Federal Donuts, which became the self-proclaimed world’s first fried chicken and donut shop when it opened its inaugural storefront in Pennsport in 2011. In the years since, it has expanded to Rittenhouse, University City and beyond. The menu at the East Market spot will look familiar to fans: a rotating list of fried chicken, “Hot Fresh” and inventive “Fancy” donuts, coffee and the popular twice-fried boneless chicken breast sandwich that’s made with ranch seasoning, American cheese, dill pickle and drizzled with a “Spicy Rooster Sauce.”

Federal Donuts is the world's first fried chicken and donut shop.

Photograph: Michael Persico

You’ll have to wait awhile to check it out, though. CookNSolo says the new location won’t open until the fall of 2019.

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