Operating from the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne since 1950, our hot jam doughnuts are served to thousands of customers every week from our 1950s era bus.
With an unchanged recipe since we started, our dough is made fresh the day before trade and transported to the market ready for production right before your eyes. Watch our staff as they roll out, cut out and cook these sugary beauties ready for your consumption.
With a loyal following of generations of market customers we also see many tourists and interstate regulars visit us for their ‘fix’!
You can find us in Queen Street at the top end of “I” shed in the Queen Victoria Market every market day which is Tuesday, and Thursday through Sunday. We start early, and work until market close or until Sold Out, whichever occurs first.
Our doughnut journey….
In 1950 two friends, Arnold Bridges, a confectioner and Dave Christie, a fitter & turner owned a wood yard together and then, purchased a doughnut business from a German confectioner, Mr Kiffer. The name, American Doughnut Kitchen (ADK), reflected the popularity of Americans in Melbourne at the time.
The pair, along with Dave’s mother Lucy and Arnold’s wife Vera, began selling the hot, jam doughnuts in the Queen Victoria Market. The next move was to a series of custom-built mobile kitchen vans. Both of which remain in operation today, with one at the QVM whilst the other has routine maintenance carried out in Collingwood.
ADK has operated continuously at the Market since 1950 as a family business. After the deaths of Arnold in 1996 and Dave in 1997, Arnold’s daughter Julie Boening began managing the business, working alongside Dave’s son Craig Christie and her daughter Belinda Donaghey. In 2013, Julie’s husband, Karl became a director. Other members of the family step in when needed, as they have done throughout their lives.
The American Doughnut Kitchen used to travel all over Victoria, and interstate setting up shop at country shows, exhibitions and sporting venues. In Melbourne, a small van was a fixture at The Zoo, the Royal Exhibition Buildings, the Hanging Rock Races and Carols by Candlelight. The larger van was a regular fixture at the MCG and other football grounds, and was also present at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Since 1997 ADK has concentrated its presence at one location, the Queen Victoria Market.