The much anticipated NoPa location of Bob's Donuts is finally set to open in the former Chili Pies space at the corner of Baker and Fulton, and opening day is Thursday, November 14.
We learned of the second location — the beloved doughnut shop's first expansion in its 60-year existence — back in June, and now owner Aya Ahn has confirmed the opening date with Hoodline. The popular, 24-hour Polk Street operation will remain right where it is, and open 24 hours, while Bob's on Baker will have more limited hours (7 a.m. to 11 p.m.) due to neighborhood restrictions.
But apart from the hours, the new Bob's will feature all the deep-fried amazingness of the stalwart original, now catering to a quieter residential area not so packed with bars. And unlike a lot of SF doughnut shops, Bob's makes all its doughnuts fresh all day long, on the premises. Go-tos include the excellent old-fashioneds, traditional glazed, and the gargantuan apple fritters.
Aya Ahn is the daughter of longtime owner Elinor Ahn, who bought the place from the original Bob of the name back in 1977 (the place appears to have opened as Bob's around 1959). As Aya's daughter Rachel told the Chronicle back in 2016, when customers ask who Bob is, the family now says, "We are all Bob."