Detroit’s Dutch Girl Donuts is expected to reopen under new ownership next year.
The beloved Woodward Avenue store has been sold to Paddy Lynch, owner of Schvitz Bathhouse in Detroit and leader of the third generation of Lynch & Sons funeral directors.
The Lynch family has deep ties to Dutch Girl’s former owners, the late Gene and Lauren Timmer. Paddy’s cousin, Tim Lynch, Jr., has known the Timmer family since childhood and handled their funeral services.
“My family loved Dutch Girl long before I was born,” Lynch said in a statement. “I am extremely grateful, honored and excited to bring this local favorite forward for the Timmer family.”
According to a press release, the Timmer family considered more than 30 offers after announcing it would sell the business earlier this year. Ultimately, they chose to pass the business on to Lynch, on the condition that Gene and Lauren’s son Jon would remain as baker, a position he has held for 20 years.
“Dutch Girl Donuts is an institution for many Detroiters,” says Lynch. “I look forward to this trip and working with Jon Timmer to get Dutch Girl up and running in the new year.”
The store was founded in 1948 and operated for over 70 years until closing in 2021 following the death of Gene Timmer.
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