Top Pot to open drive-thru Issaquah location

January 15, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Jan. 15, 2013

Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts plans to open a drive-thru Issaquah location as early as next month — a first for the Seattle-based pastry purveyor.

Cofounder Mark Klebeck said Top Pot intends to upgrade the existing space at 1235 N.W. Maple St. — most recently occupied by Mondo’s Espresso — near the Issaquah Transit Center.

Feedback from local customers at Seattle shops and, particularly, locations in Bellevue and elsewhere on the Eastside led Top Pot to expand to Issaquah.

The iconic structure appealed to Klebeck and brother and Top Pot cofounder Michael Klebeck for the Mid-Century Modern design and the structure’s proximity to the transit hub.

“We tend to look for areas and opportunities that are really starting to kind of bustle and are just on the verge of booming,” Mark Klebeck said Tuesday.

Plans call for the Issaquah location to open by late February.

Top Pot should employ about a dozen workers once the shop opens. The structure offers space for about 15 to 20 seats.

“What we’ve been finding more and more is that it doesn’t really matter as far as the size of the space,” Mark Klebeck said. “It’s being able to offer fresh product seven days a week.”

In addition to the signature sweet, expect coffee and ice cream based on doughnut varieties.

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