Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway
Fans of specialty doughnuts could have another place to get their fix soon.
Masy Seng is proposing to put Ray’s Donuts on Shallowford Road next to the Regions Bank.
Seng helped his nephew, Danny’s Donuts owner Andy Nuon, start his popular Gainesville doughnut shop last summer. Seng also has Ray’s Donuts locations in Buford and Marietta.
Seng’s proposal will come before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board at its Tuesday meeting. If he gains approval for the doughnut shop, Seng said he hopes to be open by May or June.
The family-owned store would also have breakfast items such as bagels, croissants, muffins and coffee and be open 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Seng said heavy traffic in the area, with Lowe’s, Lakeshore Mall and other stores nearby, will help Ray’s Donuts be successful.
Seng wants to annex about a fifth of an acre at the corner of Shallowford and Albert Street into the Gainesville city limits to make way for the 1,200-square-foot doughnut shop.
City planning staff is recommending approval of the request, with three conditions: an 8-foot tall fence between the shop and a neighboring home, no signs on Albert Street and limited access along Albert, which could include an exit from the shop “only upon review and approval by the public works director.”
Nuon previously told The Times his uncle helped him select Gainesville as his Danny’s Donuts location after the family first ran a doughnut shop in California.
“I did two years of research with my uncle going all over Georgia,” he said. “Gainesville, yes, has doughnut shops like Dunkin’ Donuts, but family-owned? There is none. So we’re going to put the first one here.”