Astro Doughuts & Fried Chicken Opens for Business

Chef Jason Gehring.
Chef Jason Gehring.

Washington, DC (April 8, 2013)Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, opened today at 8:00am on 1308 G Street, NW Washington, DC.

After several months of catering and pop-up sales, pastry Chef Jason Gehring, formerly of Fiola, The Charleston and Cinghiale in Baltimore, and Poste Moderne Brasserie, has had the opportunity to test a variety of flavors and is excited to serve his evolving array of haute doughnuts, fried chicken, side dishes and one specialty sandwich. Astro will exclusively serve artisan drip coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company, as well as sparkling and flavored waters. The space was designed in a collaborative effort between co-founder Elliot Spaisman and designer Roberta Morcone.

During the opening week of April 8 – 12, Astro will have limited hours, opening at 8:00 a.m. until all doughnuts and fried chicken are sold out. On opening day, the first 200 people in line will receive one free doughnut with any purchase, while the first 50 people in line for lunch will receive a complimentary side with any chicken purchase. All lunch sales, including chicken, sides and the chicken and doughnut sandwich will begin at 11:00 a.m. After the soft opening week, regular operating hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Below is the opening menu.

For the chicken, you get; 2 pieces for $5.25, 4 pieces for $10, 8 pieces for $18.50, or 3 chicken tenders for $5. Get them in a traditional buttermilk batter or with a cheddar and chive doughnut with buttermilk fried chicken, Benton’s bacon, lettuce, tomato and Sriracha mayo.

For the doughnuts, every day this week, will feature at least five selections. Here are a few favorites: Lemon Passion Fruit – lemon curd, passion fruit glaze ($2.85), Espresso – espresso dough, espresso glaze ($2.25), Creamsicle – orange curd, blood orange glaze ($2.85), Piña Colada – pineapple compote, coconut glaze ($2.85), Grapefruit – pink grapefruit glaze ($2.25), S’Mores – chocolate cake doughnut, dark chocolate glaze, graham cracker crumbs, meringue ($2.50)

In honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a specialty doughnut filled with black cherry compote and an Earl Grey tea glaze will be available every day through April 14 for $2.85.

Initially, catering orders will be limited to a small delivery radius, with a four dozen doughnut order minimum and a $10 delivery surcharge. Call 202-809-5565 or email for more information. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on hours and flavors.

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