South Florida "Dessert Wars" favorite Yonutz expands nationwide with new franchise opportunity

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Yonutz, the famed local donut and ice cream eatery and two-time winner of Dessert Wars, will soon embark on a nation-wide franchise expansion. 

The creators of the viral SMASH Donuts are gearing up for the opening of seven new locations by the end of 2022, with more than 20 locations opening across the country over the next several years. The brand currently has two locations in Sunrise and Las Vegas.

Setting a higher standard for dessert shops across the United States, the signature SMASH Donut is one-of-a-kind, featuring a fluffy, homemade donut stuffed with ice cream, smashed and hot-pressed, and topped with bits of candy or cookies.

Tony and Jennifer Bahu, who created the award-winning sweets concept and made it into the fantastical dessert brand, are excited to share this concept with their fans nationwide. Their Instagram page captivates fans from coast to coast and around the world.  The creative franchise also caught the attention of Yonutz Partner, Kevin Harrington, a former “Shark” from NBC’s hit show, “Shark Tank.” For information about franchising with Yonutz, visit yonutz.com/franchising

According to Tony Bahu, CEO and founder of Yonutz, the goal is to bring his elaborate desserts to more cities across America, with numerous franchise locations opening in Orem, UT; Sandy, UT; Boise, ID; Oklahoma City; Greenwood, CO; two locations in Houston; and many more burgeoning cities across the nation. 

"With our immersive ambiance, colorful packaging, and outstanding customer service, we will continue to provide a fantastical experience to dessert lovers everywhere and allow fans all over the United States to partake in the Yonutz experience," Bahu tells News Break.

Following a complete renovation at the Yonutz flagship Sunrise location, all current storefronts and new franchise locations will mirror the refreshed and innovative space displaying the new Yonutz logo and signage, custom murals, Instagram-worthy neon signs, colorful countertops, and revamped bar areas with additional seating. 

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Upon entering Yonutz, guests will be transported into a whimsical dessert wonderland featuring an Instagrammable photo wall with a neon ‘SMASH THE ORDINARY’ sign. The dining areas will be replete with a custom, fantasyland-themed mural and a SMASH Donut wall that outlines how to make a one-of-a-kind SMASH Donut dessert.

The countertops will feature endless gourmet donuts and treats for customers to choose from and high-definition TV screens will display the amazing SMASH products to tease your senses. Adding to the immersive experience, guests of all ages will have front row access to watch the talented team members create over-the-top recipes that come to life. Yonutz fans can even take home a piece of their favorite dessert shop with trendy merchandise and its multi-colored vibrant packaging. 

Dessert lovers can enjoy the Yonutz original and signature SMASH Donuts such as the Nutella Crunch SMASH Donut, a fluffy donut stuffed with cookie dough ice cream, smashed and hot-pressed, topped with Oreos, cereal crunch and Nutella drizzle; the unique Miami SMASH Donut, made with flavors of South Florida, and stuffed with dulce de leche ice cream, Maria Cookies, white chocolate chips and guava drizzle; and the Birthday Cake SMASH Milkshake, prepared with birthday cake ice cream, blended with a mini donut, birthday Oreos, and topped with another mini donut. 

The dessert rush doesn’t end there. Dozens of fresh mini and large gourmet donut creations are also available including tantalizing flavors such as apple pie, big birthday, Boston cream, crunch berry bang deluxe and peanut butter and jelly. Yonutz also serves a “secret menu,” available only to those who join the Yonutz free VIP club by signing up online at yonutz.com. The secret menu features exclusive SMASH Donuts and Milkshakes that cannot be found on the main menu. 

Yonutz Sunrise is located in Gateway At Sawgrass at 121 NW 136th Ave., in Sunrise. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Takeout is available via UberEats, DoorDash, Postmates, GrubHub, or by contacting the store directly at 954-846-1115. 

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