In 1947, Jim Hadler opened his first doughnut shop on SW 8th Street in Miami, Florida. For over 53 years this store remained an icon in Miami History.
A gathering place for people of all walks of life, from local American and Cuban families to politicians from around the country, The Velvet Crème Doughnut was a beloved community staple. It was even the scene of many movies and fund raisers, for years gaining fame in the Miami Vice and Art Deco Era.
In 1989, the business was handed down to Jim’s son, Gary, who immediately opened another location across from the University of Miami. This store again quickly became an icon in the neighborhood known for the highest quality doughnuts made by the highest quality people.
In the year 2000, though, the two Miami locations were forced to close due to an illness in the family.
Now with a national trademark and its own signature brand of
great coffee, The Velvet Crème Doughnut Company is back thanks to a little love from Krista Rios, her father Jorge, and Robert Taylor, an ex-police detective whose sister had married into the Velvet Crème family. Former owner Gary, Taylor’s brother-in-law, has given his blessing to resurrect the company.
It all began with their Velvet Crème food truck debuting at the sixth-annual Burger Beast Burgie Awards on January 31, from 5 to 10 p.m. and just recently, the location of the brick-and-mortar shop has been set in the thriving Little River neighborhood at 8291 NE 2nd Ave.
Until that much-anticipated location is complete, you can follow Velvet Crème on Facebook to find out where to find their delicious doughnut truck throughout Miami.