If at first you don’t succeed, let the owners of Donut Bar Las Vegas give it a shot.
Jeff and Joe Thomas have already given a second, bustling life to a former donut shop, often selling out of their sprinkled and Pop Tart-filled treats by noon. Now the brothers, along with partner Chad McKinney, are turning the space that once housed GrassRoots Juice Bar into Smooth Eats. The new concept soft-opened June 16.
Located just around the corner from Donut Bar at 124 S. 6th St., also inside the John E. Carson building, Smooth Eats is an “urban breakfast bar.” The shop offers a variety of smoothies, from the ProGreen (spinach, kale, banana, mango and pineapple) to the Golden Glow (fresh squeezed orange juice, carrot, kiwi and turmeric), all priced at $5 for a 24-ounce cup. Add-ons, such as wheat grass shots and elixirs, will cost you extra. They also offer breakfast and smoothie bowls for $7; the vibrant Fairytale radiates with Blue Majik Spirulina, dragon fruit balls, kiwi slices, coconut flakes, banana, green algae and coconut milk. Paninis will run you $5-$8, with their “Cali Toasts”—white, wheat, ciabatta or foccacia topped with anything from avocado, tomato and egg to peanut butter, banana and honey—priced at $7-$8.
All prices include tax “so people like me can do the math,” jokes McKinney, a former boxer with an exhausting restaurant resume who designed the bulk of the Smooth Eats menu. Much of their offerings are organic, sourced from local vendors.
Why’d the donut makers open up this second, completely opposite concept?
“I just wanted something else to eat,” Jeff says. “We wanted to bring more variety [to Downtown]. All of the restaurants here are amazing, but a lot of customers ask where they can grab stuff real quick.”
Smooth Eats is it. “Everything will be prompt and quick,” McKinney promises.
The store also features a grab-and-go section with pasta salads and bottled drinks for those on the run. Also on the way: gelato and pineapple, orange and raspberry flavored Dole Whip, which can’t get here soon enough considering the heat. And for the winter, McKinney has international-inspired soups in the works.
“We’ll be that one-stop shop that everyone can come to,” McKinney says. “And if we don’t have it, you can go next door to Donut Bar to get your sweets, treats and cheats.”