Yes, you read correctly; the Footscray institution famous for crispy and hot traditional-style jam doughnuts has returned to its rightful place beside Footscray Train Station! Having been out of action for a couple of months during the train station revamp, Olympic Hot Doughnuts officially reopened today – in a brand new, purpose-built hut.
The old caravan that you probably remember was endearingly dilapidated: tagged with graffiti, dented and worn, its sign faded to a single colour. Even then, Olympic Hot Doughnuts never failed to draw a long line of hungry patrons. Now, with a sparkling new hut (temporarily free from graffiti), it’s likely to attract patrons from an even broader spectrum.
Apparently, the old caravan has been saved and will soon find a new home in the local culture exhibit at the Melbourne Museum – it seems food is putting Footscray on the map once again. There are several other trader huts outside the station, too, which are yet to be announced, so watch this space for updates.
The original dolphin-shaped jam dispenser has been given a new lease on life and was getting a work out on this first day return to trading.
The best news is the doughnuts are just as delicious as you remember! On our visit yesterday, there was a long line of kids more than happy to spend their school holidays lining up in front of the serving window – they even went back for seconds.
We don’t blame them. As soon as you’ve taken a bite of one of these small, fluffy doughnuts, with its crispy, golden shell and old-fashioned jam filling, you’re thinking about a second helping.
Sure, doughnuts aren’t the most health-conscious snack for kiddies, but boy are these ones a lovely school holiday treat!
We paid $1.80 for two doughnuts. It’s lucky they’re so cheap, because we guarantee you’ll want more than one.
51 Irving Street, Footscray (outside Footscray Train Station).