UPDATE: According to a new post on Facebook, Ms. Yoder’s donut food truck isn’t coming back after all.
“It is with deep regret that we have to inform you, our dear customers, that some things happened this weekend that were beyond our control and with us leaving the country, we do not have time to address them. resolve and be able to reopen and make donuts,” Ms Yoder’s owners posted on Facebook earlier today.
“This is an announcement that we will be closed indefinitely. We don’t know what the future holds for Ms. Yoder’s Kitchen, but we will definitely consider it in the future.”
Co-owners Lucas Miller and Samuel Amaya are leaving the country for a mission trip in June. They originally planned for the food truck to be open and staffed while they were out of the country, but now that’s no longer possible, according to their Facebook post.
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Original story published on May 4, 2022:
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, Richmond’s family-friendly fresh donut food truck, is making a comeback this month.
That’s right, you can line up to get your fresh, hot sourdough donuts from May 14th at Magnolia Green Market in Moseley.
In late March, Ms. Yoder’s Kitchen shocked donut lovers in Richmond when the owners announced they would not be making donuts until further notice and were looking for a new operator to take over the food truck because they were leaving the country for a missionary trip.
“It was just stunning,” co-owner Lucas Miller said of the response. He owns Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen with his brother-in-law Samuel Amaya. “We had no idea what would happen when we posted this message. The support we got – wow, we have all of the following in and around Richmond.
When a potential deal with another operator fell through and after receiving thousands of responses, Miller and Amaya decided to start the donut truck themselves with the help of dedicated former employees.
“We decided to keep the Ms. Yoder name and continue to manage it ourselves, to preserve the quality and the name,” Miller said.
Ms. Yoder’s kitchen has been a staple in the community since 2011, when the Mennonite family began showing up with handmade confections at local farmers’ markets. The family ran the business for nearly 10 years until Miller and Amaya took over between 2016 and 2017 after the Yoder family moved to Pennsylvania.
They kept the name and under their leadership, their donuts won Food & Wine magazine’s 2021 Best Donut in the State award.
Miller and Amaya will streamline the business from two trailers to one. A dedicated team of five former employees will lead the company when Miller and Amaya travel to Nicaragua for their assignment in June. Miller and Amaya are currently awaiting inspections from their new commissioner – where they prepare donuts – and hope to complete them next week.
If the inspections are successful, Ms Yoder aims to be operational again on May 14.
Miller said Ms Yoder plans to return to her previous schedule with stops including Westbury Pharmacy in Henrico County, the Great Big Greenhouse in North Chesterfield County, Green Top Sporting Goods in Ashland and the Market in Magnolia Green in Mosley. Check their Facebook page for an updated schedule.
As for the overwhelming love for Ms. Yoder’s donuts, Miller said, “We’ve created a unique product based on the recipe of the Yoders themselves. We aim for quality. Our donuts have no preservatives. Everything is made from scratch. And that’s why people love them.
PHOTOS: Mrs. Yoder’s kitchen through the years
Ms. Yoder’s Kitchen – Metro-Richmond’s fresh donut food truck – is closing operations until further notice, according to a statement the company left on Facebook. Current owners Lucas Miller and his brother-in-law Samuel Amaya are in the process of acquiring a new operator.