New boutique donut bakery coming to Columbus

Jack McLaughlin

Cranberry raspberry rose, maple sea salt French cruller, lavender glazed brioche.

All of these flavors and more are coming to Columbus with Rose Dough Donuts, a bakery that’s expected to open for business sometime next year.

“I worked in the PR field for a long time, and eventually just got burnt out,” said Rose Dough owner and Upper Arlington native Katie Passo. “So I started thinking about businesses that are pandemic proof to get back into. And what’s something that everybody always likes: donuts.”


Specifically, she envisions the bakery focusing on classic donut styles with an elevated twist.

“I have a passion for handmade dough, fried brioche, quality old fashioned donuts and classic crullers,” Passo said. “There was nothing exactly like what we want to do that we were finding.”

At the same time, Passo doesn’t want her donuts to seem too culinary or chef-driven for new customers, either.

“I love the idea of incorporating ingredients like food-grade rose leaves and lavender, but I want to keep the basics of all these donut styles that people grew up on and love. I don’t want anything to be intimidating,” she said.

Passo said Rose Dough will likely open as a home bakery or ghost kitchen first, but she hasn’t ruled out moving into a full storefront.

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