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DonutSlut Bringing Booze-Infused Doughnuts To West Town

"Think of a tasty martini on top of a fluffy, flavorful donut," DonutSlut's owner said.

Future home of DonutSlut, 1601 W. Grand Ave., in a former currency exchange.
Alisa Hauser/Block Club (Currency Exchange); DonutSlut/Facebook
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WEST TOWN — A former currency exchange at the southwest corner of Ashland and Grand avenues will soon become a bakery with booze-infused doughnuts and a … unique name. 

DonutSlut will open at 1601 W. Grand Ave. by early December if everything goes according to plan, owner Blake Anthony Seitz said. 

“Basically, we are striving to introduce a fresh, creative take on this classic treat to the likes of which the Midwest has yet to see,” Seitz said. “Celebrating the combination of the modern-day baker and modern-day mixologist under one roof, pushing the limits on the taste profile with a delicate, even balance of flavor in each bite. All this while combining fun, playful name usage and visual aspects to dazzle the senses!”

When asked about the shop’s name, Seitz said it was a reference to being excessive about food, not sex. 

“In browsing food blogs I have concluded ‘slutty’ food is anything you want to overindulge in, for me that is donuts,” he said.

Some of DonutSlut’s glazes will be infused with alcohol.

“Think of a tasty martini on top of a fluffy, flavorful donut,” Seitz said, adding that there will be “some healthier options and classic favorites for the less bold.”

In 2015, the Grand Ashland Currency Exchange moved a few doors west, to 1609 W. Grand Ave., in the same building.

DonutSlut signed a lease in March for the space, according to a Facebook post on the business’ page. 

The signs for the currency exchange still cover the corner storefront, to help lead customers to the relocated currency exchange. 

The ground-level storefront is already zoned for commercial C1-3 uses and would permit a liquor store or (or liquor-infused doughnuts) at the site.

Credit: Alisa Hauser/Block Club Chicago
The Grand-Ashland Currency Exchange at 1601 W. Grand Ave.