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Donut Shop Called Sugar & Water to Open in Astoria

(Photo: Courtesy of Sugar & Water)

July 20, 2018 By Tara Law

The owners of a bakery that will serve traditional and innovative donuts plan to open on 23rd Avenue in Astoria by the end of July.

Sugar & Water, a grab-and-go bakery specializing in donuts, will open at 29-14 23rd Ave. The shop will also offer cookies as well as cakes, cake pops, cupcakes and pies from Mia’s Brooklyn Bakery in Boerum Hill. The shop was formerly the location of the creperie 4fold Organic.

The menu has yet to be revealed, but the owners have discussed some of their offerings on social media. These include donuts flavored with coffee; donuts flavored with watermelon juice; and those with cereal.

Classic chocolate and glazed options will also be offered.

Sugar & Water will be opened by a team of seven entrepreneurs including Astoria native Athena Angel, the bakery owners wrote in an email.

(Photo: Google Maps)

Angel’s grandfather, Constantine Katsandres, owned a donut shop at 36-15 Ditmars Blvd, the current location of McCann’s Pub.

The shop, which Karsandres owned with his Uncle Tom, was called “Tom’s Cruller Shop.” The bakery specialized in “cruller” pastries, a dense twisted donut.

To honor Angel’s family legacy, Sugar & Water will offer its own cruller donut.

Another co-owner, Scottish Francis, claims that donuts are his specialty and even goes by the nickname “Donut King.”

(Photo: Courtesy of Sugar & Water)

The flavor he is best known for creating, according to Sugar & Water, is a unique variety called “Guinness Prosciutto.”

Francis, who gained notoriety for an appearance on Fox show MasterChef, will design Sugar & Water’s donuts.

Sugar & Water will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will deliver. The shop will also provide catering in partnership with the company Eleni Manolo Events.

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Jeff E

We went to Sugar & Water on Sunday. I don’t even remember that last time that I ate a donut. My wife and I split the Guinness Prosciutto donut, and it was very good. We also bought a slice of vanilla cake with blueberries to go. That cake was EXCELLENT. Friendly staff too. Good luck to Sugar & Water!

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wtf lol

What’s with that creepy eyeball on the person’s finger in the photograph? They couldn’t photoshop that out?!

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Vera

How dare I state an opinion! I better keep my thoughts to myself from the Thought police!

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Gordon Ramshorn

Is this the same Scottish Francis who offered his donuts at Gossip on 30th Ave? That place had its moment but has been “closed for renovations” since January. Doesn’t bode well…

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J

This location is weird. Nothing seems to last here and the most recent one “Q” was barely ever even open. Hopefully this does OK.

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david

How late are they open? Do they deliver? We are in the area and frequently get the munchies.

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Alison

I live about 2 blocks away and love Donuts. I hope they are pet friendly and offer doggy treats.

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Summer

Sooooo excited. I’m a resident and Dunkin is no good. This made my day. Can’t wait!!

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Eleni

Dunkin is Garbage like McDonalds … I went today at 12pm i got the plain donut with powder sugar it was light and so delicious ?✅

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Fotini

I prefer Victory’s Sweet Shop on Steinway Street and Ditmars. I love that it is owned by locals and been around for years.

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Jack D Benisi

I wish them the best of luck and success. I am a big fan of the Mom & Pop brick and mortar shops.

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beth

Perhaps it will have some appeal to those that visit the neighborhood. Local residents are fine with Dunkin Donuts.

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Frederick DeChirico

Guess you havent seen the lines outside CHIP, or ample hill ice cream. Astoria is a hipster town and I’m sure they will be flocking to this place as well. Not to mention if they are getting their pastries from Mias bakery in brooklyn, then they are gonna have good stuff, better pastries than Martha’s

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Jack D Benisi

I agree on all points, especially your comment on Martha’sCorporate Kitchen. ….they’re no longer “country”

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angelo

I’m tired of all the ageist attitudes around Astoria. I am 80 years old and love donuts. I do not care what my doctors say! I eat at least 3 a day.

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MaryPat

Kind of an out of the way place to get to ..
Better if up closer to Ditmars and 31st or Steinway St

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N

Are you serious? It’s a block from Ditmars and not that far off 31st street. Their location is fine and it’s what works for them, not for YOUR convenience. If their donuts are as good as they say, people will go that extra few minutes to satisfy their craving.

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Anonymous

Has anyone checked out New Bagel house next door lately? Looks busy and not out of the way as some people are stating…

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