Robert St. John to open a specialty donut shop in Hattiesburg

St. John tries samples from Chicago's best doughnut shops

Photo Courtesy of Hattiesburg American (submitted)

St. John tries samples from Chicago's best doughnut shops

Robert St. John is bringing Hattiesburg its first craft donut shop to add to his line of local restaurants.

The local entrepreneur has a strong reputation for opening successful restaurants in town, as he opened Ed’s Burger Joint, Tabellas, Crescent City Grill, Purple Parrot and Branch.

Midtown Donut will be located in The District at Midtown, and is expected to open this summer. It will share a kitchen with the Midtowner restaurant, but St. John stated that the specialty donut shop will only offer carryout.

“What we did with shakes at Ed’s (Burger Joint), we’re going to be doing with doughnuts,” said St. John in an interview with Hattiesburg American.

St. John seems to be on a roll as he continues to promote local businesses, such as Grin Coffee, which will be featured at Midtown Donut. His methods of creating trends throughout the pine belt have proven to be a successful way to bring modern restaurants into Hattiesburg without losing his old-fashion style.