Donut Worry, Darling
Austin donut shop reportedly recovers stolen food truck amid holiday rollercoaster
Lots of Austinites had things stolen over the holidays, so they’re certainly not alone. At Gourdough’s Donuts, the thieves were after more than just the dough; over Christmas, the entire Airstream trailer was removed from its paved home. The company took to social media to ask Austinites to keep their eyes peeled for the glistening donut factory, and it actually worked.
Some commenters on the post reported seeing the trailer off of Highway 21 and thinking the location was odd. (Now that the trailer is recovered, donuts in a field sounds like a great way to celebrate.) The post offered a cash reward for information via direct message.
News of the recovery was delivered by KVUE’s Ford Sanders, who tweeted that the owner had contacted him directly. The donut shop has been quiet since the initial post, wishing people a happy new year on January 1, before Sanders’ announcement.
Gourdough’s is likely eager to leave 2022 behind. The restaurant celebrated a decade simultaneously with its own closure in November, permanently ending brick-and-mortar service at the South Lamar location. Brunch, lunch, and dinner all sold out according to an update on the Instagram announcement.
During its tenure, Gourdough’s became known for its brazen willingness to put anything on a donut: fried chicken, steak, gravy, eggs, avocado, and, believe it or not, strawberries. Although the dessert donuts are exciting in their own right — often piled high with several toppings outside the sprinkles and glaze mainstream — there is often little need to indulge after the main course.
Thankfully for the fried-meats-on-donuts niche, which in Austin is essentially only occupied by this whimsical business, the plan was to keep donuts coming through the original trailer and more mobile locations coming soon.