The Holy Donut at Minot Avenue and Hotel Road opened Monday in the former Tim Hortons coffee shop. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

New doughnuts, newly located doughnuts, a dining mystery — it’s an all-eats Buzz.

First up: The Maine potato doughnuts have landed.

The Holy Donut launched Monday with a soft opening at 848 Minot Ave., at Minot Avenue and Hotel Road, in Auburn.

The southern Maine chain has locations in Portland and Scarborough and announced it was coming to Auburn last fall.

Ryan Howe, director of business operations, said the unannounced kickoff was intended to give staff time to get comfortable. The official opening is planned Tuesday.

The donut and coffee shop will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. with, for now, drive-thru service only.


“We are so excited to be opening in the Auburn area,” Howe said. “Everyone has been so great, so welcoming. We can’t wait to share these great vibes, delicious doughnuts and coffee with everybody.”

Workers from St. Laurent & Sons prepare the property at Whipple and Main streets in Lewiston on Monday afternoon for construction of a Dunkin’ coffee shop that will replace the one across from Central Maine Medical Center on Main Street. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

New Dunkin’

The Dunkin’ Donuts planned for 420 Main St. in Lewiston received a building permit for the $1.3 million project in late December and construction is getting underway.

It will replace the shop at 319 Main St. and feature two drive-thru lanes and a portico for outdoor dining, according to plans filed with the city.

Franchise owner Norm Boulay Jr. said Monday that he’s hoping to open at 420 Main St. sometime between late June and mid-July, and the current location will stay open until then.

“No ideas on what will be there next,” he said.


A new restaurant is bound for property at 101 Knox St. in Lewiston, according to a city permit. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

New restaurant for Knox Street?

Another permit Lewiston issued late last month: a $145,500 project turning a former storage building into a new restaurant at 101 Knox St.

City staff said the applicant is AJJ, LLC. Platz Associates is the architect.

Additional details weren’t immediately available Monday, so it’s a dining mystery for now.

Quick hits about business comings, goings and happenings. Have a Buzzable tip? Contact staff writer Kathryn Skelton at 689-2844 or [email protected]

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