Willis Tower's Catalog Welcomes Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken
June 7, 2019
Just in time for National Donut Day on June 7, EQ Office, the U.S. office portfolio company wholly owned by Blackstone’s real estate funds, today announced that Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken will open its newest location in Willis Tower. The artisanal donut shop will be located in Catalog, the 300,000 square feet, five-story dining, retail and immersive-entertainment experience currently under construction at the base of the iconic skyscraper.
Chicago-based Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken is known for offering a variety of ever-changing and unique donuts, including gluten-free and vegan options, made on-site in small batches and fresh every day. In addition to donuts, Do-Rite also serves breakfast and lunch options, including signature fried chicken sandwiches, and brews coffee from local Chicago roasters Dark Matter.
“We’re excited to welcome Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken to Catalog,” said David Moore, Senior Vice President and Portfolio Director at EQ. “We’ve worked tirelessly to identify partners that can help us create a neighborhood that delivers the best of the best experiences, and Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken is a welcome addition to the Catalog offering. We’re just thrilled for our tenants to have this at their doorstep.”
Chefs and Partners Francis Brennan and Jeff Mahin brought their mutual love of donuts to fruition with the opening of the first Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken location in 2012. The Willis Tower grab-and-go site, scheduled to open in Catalog in late summer 2019, will be the company’s sixth location.
“We chose Willis Tower because donuts are a classic Chicago food institution, and we wanted a home for Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken that was equally as important to the city’s history and culture,” said Brennan. “We’re eager to continue paying homage to Chicago cuisine and to serve fresh donuts, sandwiches and coffee to the thousands of visitors and workers that visit the iconic building every day.”
Willis Tower is undergoing a more than $500-million renovation project, the biggest restorative transformation in the building’s 46-year history. When the first phase is open to the public in late 2019, Catalog will create a warm, energetic vibe for the more than 15,000 Willis Tower employees, as well as countless Chicago residents and visitors. Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken will join Brown Bag Seafood Co., Convene, Urbanspace, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, Starbucks and Market Creations, which also have planned locations in Catalog.
Visit www.WillisTower.com for more information about Catalog, the renovation project and available tenant space.
About EQ Office
At EQ Office, we partner with business leaders to find, design and manage balanced workspaces with the intention of helping to inspire talent. What began as Equity Office Properties more than 40 years ago, EQ Office has evolved to reflect a new kind of emotional intelligence required for the rapidly shifting workplace. EQ focuses on the experience of its 40 million square feet - how space feels, activates and performs. We're proud to work hand-in-hand with more than 1,800 customers of all sizes, from Fortune 100 companies to emerging startups, to bring humanity back to the work place. Our diverse team of 200+ professionals is responsible for creating inspired office environments in major cities across the country including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. As a U.S. office portfolio company wholly owned by Blackstone's real estate funds, we have the resources to lead the changes happening in work space. Explore your space for greatness at www.eqoffice.com.
About Willis Tower
Located at 233 S. Wacker Drive in the heart of downtown Chicago, Willis Tower is an urban destination and state-of-the art workplace that welcomes prominent businesses ranging from law firms to large airline corporations to insurance companies. Standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall, Willis Tower has the region's most breathtaking views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Willis Tower's Skydeck attracts more than 1.7 million visitors each year with its inviting hospitality and memorable experiences, all under one roof. In early 2017, Blackstone and Equity Office announced plans for the biggest restorative transformation project in the building's 46-year history. The $500 million renovation project now underway will add more than 300,000 square feet of new retail, dining and entertainment space at the base of the tower, 150,000 square feet of new tenant amenity spaces, and a 30,000 square-foot outdoor deck and garden. As part of the renovation, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Willis Tower the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for energy efficiency upgrades made throughout the Tower. Willis Tower was also recently named to the Illinois Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois' 200 Great Places list. For more information, visit www.WillisTower.com and connect on Facebook and Instagram.
About Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken
Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken is an artisanal donut shop serving freshly baked donuts made in-house in small batches all day long, or until they run out, throughout Chicagoland. Chefs and Partners Francis Brennan and Jeff Mahin developed the idea for Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken after a chance encounter while working together to open Michelin-star seafood restaurant L20. Building on their shared California backgrounds and mutual love of donuts, they opened the first Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken in 2012. Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken currently has five Chicagoland locations that offer classic donuts, along with breakfast and lunch sandwich options and Chicago’s own Dark Matter coffee. For more information, visit www.doritedonuts.com and follow Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.