Dutch Girl Donuts, a longstanding Detroit donut shop on Woodward and Seven Mile, plans to reopen under new ownership this spring after it closed in the summer of 2021. The iconic bakery was purchased by Paddy Lynch, owner of Detroit’s historic bathhouse The Schvitz since 2017, and third-generation director of Lynch & Sons funeral homes.
Jon Timmer, who previously worked in the kitchen for over two decades, will be returning to confect the original pastry recipes just as customers remember them. He’s the grandson of 1947 founders John and Cecilia Timmer, and the son of former owners Gene and Lauren Timmer.
Gene, the original owners’ son, passed away in 2021, and the shop closed soon after. Lauren’s death followed in 2022. Both funerals were conducted by Paddy’s cousin Tim Lynch, Jr., manager of Lynch & Sons Walled Lake, who knew the Timmers since childhood.
“Thanks to a strong family history and special bond between Lynch’s family and the Timmer family who founded Dutch Girl in 1947, the iconic Detroit brand will live on, reopening under Lynch’s ownership in early 2024,” said Paddy in a press release.
Paddy, a Detroit resident since 2011, has bought and maintained other historic Detroit properties in recent years, including the Stanley Kresge mansion in Detroit’s Arden Park Historic District and The Convent, a 1929 property repurposed as a wellness center and Airbnb.