Rise Biscuits Donuts changes how Carrboro does breakfast

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Ken Priest, owner of Rise Biscuits Donuts in Carrboro. (Staff photo by Mary Cox)

Rise Biscuits Donuts, which opened in Carrboro on Feb. 24, sells both biscuits and donuts, giving them a unique angle to other places in the area.

The first Rise opened in Durham, and since then it has expanded to locations across North Carolina, including Carrboro.

The owner, Ken Priest, said Rise is not a corporate monster, which is why he felt comfortable expanding to East Main Street — the heart of Carrboro.

Priest said that while the grand opening was a huge success, he also saw out-the-door lines on Saturday when Rise hosted a 10 percent benefit day for Carrboro Middle School. According to Priest, Rise looks forward to the possibility of working with schools, sports leagues and community organizations in the area.

“Our goal is to be a great part of the community,” Priest said. Rise has already started by giving 10 percent of its profits during its first week of business.

The community seems excited for the newest addition to East Main Street and eager to see what the buzz is about. Priest said people have been coming to Rise after their 2 p.m. closing time and are disappointed to find that they had closed for the day. One group was so excited to try a biscuit or donut, they asked if they could eat the leftovers.

Morgan Mikkola, a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill, went to Rise on Sunday. She was not disappointed.

“It was delicious! I was so excited to go there and worried because the line was so long, but it moved super fast,” Mikkola said. She had the crème brûlée donut, which Priest claimed was their best-seller.

While Rise is a chain, each franchise chooses five flavors of donuts unique to the location in addition to the standard flavors sold at every Rise. Some of the unique flavors to the Carrboro Rise include Cheerwine icing and Nutella with chopped hazelnuts on top.

“We have people who can seriously cook,” Priest said. “If you want a non-generic biscuit, try our fried green tomato biscuit or maple bacon donut.”

Brie Chewing, a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, said she is eager to go to Rise because she heard about their fried green tomato biscuit. She is excited Carrboro has a breakfast spot with unique biscuit and donut options.

Rise has been open for less than a week and is already seeing great success. They hope to be an asset to the Carrboro community.

Priest said, “if someone gets in business for themselves, they won’t be in business for long.”

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Author of the article

Mary is a UNC-CH senior economics major from Burlington serving as a staff writer for the Carrboro Commons.