Why have a traditional ribbon cutting when you can have a donut ribbon cutting? At 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 cofounders of Frost donuts Daniel Sterling and Del Hernandez, along with their employees and representatives of Kemper Development, bit into chocolate frosted donuts strung along a pink ribbon to celebrate the opening of their third location and first in Bellevue. Frost occupies the space where Tully’s Coffee previously was located in Lincoln Square.


Photos by Lauren Foster

“This is absolutely amazing,” said Hernandez who handles the culinary side of the business. He says their donuts are so good because they’re made with love and high quality ingredients. Frost is well known around the area for their famous Salted Caramel donut. Or, as Sterling puts it, “the donut that started it all.”  Frost’s first location opened in Mill Creek in 2009 and their second in Everett last summer. A fourth store is in the works but the location is still under wraps.

Frost offers a wide variety of donuts. Some have a permanent place on the menu. Like their Smoky Bacon Maple Bar. According for Sterling, they fry 100s of pounds of bacon a week for the decadent donut. Others are seasonal. Right now they’re celebrating the holidays with an Egg Nog French Imperial, a St. Nick Peppermint Twist and more.


But Frost offers a lot more than donuts. For those who were sad to see Tully’s go, word on the street is that Frost makes a mean cup of joe. The company has its own coffee blend and a full-service expresso bar. Frost makes its own chai and offers 60 different flavored syrups. Plus, Hernandez and Sterling are adding food to the menu.

“This will be a very interesting time for us” said Sterling. “We are launching a whole new savory menu today, lots of fun new products.”

On the menu are hot pressed sandwiches including an applewood bacon, pear & brie, scratch-made soups, and signature salads such as cranberry pecan.


FROST received national attention after Hernandez won The Food Network’s Donut Showdown in 2015. FROST is one of several locally owned restaurants in Lincoln Square.