Giant doughnuts and 'beehives' – 3rd Hans' Bakery location opens Saturday


Hans' Bakery's already-big doughnut options are getting bigger.

A third location of the popular Twin Cities pastry shop is open Saturday at 6 a.m. – it's in Blaine, at 10400 Baltimore St. NE.

The signature Hans' Bakery treat is the "Beehive" (see above) – a layered pastry filled with custard and topped with slivered almonds and powdered sugar that dates back to the founders in 1973, German immigrants Hans and Traudy Birkner.

There are also the giant, face-sized doughnuts (called Texas doughnuts).

Here's a full list of their products. The new spot will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

From 1 location to 3

The bakery's original location was in Anoka, and it closed down in 2010 – only to be resurrected in 2014 by a new owner, Kelly Olsen, who planned to stay true to the original recipes that made the bakery a popular spot for years.

Olsen’s path to the business was featured on Food Network’s “Buy This Restaurant” program:

After founder Hans Birkner died in 1998, the bakery changed hands several time before going through foreclosure. The equipment was repossessed and copper thieves even ransacked the place. Olsen’s purchase price for the battered 60-year-old building was about $30,000.

After the relaunch, Olsen's first expansion was into Orono's Navarre neighborhood in the fall of 2014.

In February of this year, the bakery announced it would be opening its third location, slated for Blaine.

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