Rise Biscuits Donuts Is Coming to the Triad

(Last Updated On: August 30, 2016)

by Kristi Maier


In what may be considered music to some people’s ears, Rise Biscuits Donuts has announced that they are expanding to Greensboro. The Durham-based concept, featuring both sweet and savory breakfast and lunch options, will be opening a store at The Shops at Friendly Center.

The owners of the Greensboro location are Rick Robinson and Ken Priest who already operate Rise Carrboro. Robinson, whose father is from Greensboro, says they plan to open several more Rise locations in the Triad in the next two years. “I’m excited to come back and do business in a city that holds so many fond memories for me and my family.”

To say Rise has been popular in the Triangle is putting it mildly. It is not unusual to find the line out the door at any of their locations, but particularly at the flagship store in Durham. Especially around mid-morning. The shops have drawn large crowds and netted several local and national awards. Known for their unique biscuits, you’ll find the famous fried chicken as well as country ham or sausage with all kinds of spreads and eggs (you want it runny, that’s cool). There are also specialty biscuits such as Chipotle braised Beef with Cilantro Lime Slaw and a Fried Green Tomato Biscuit with Pimento Cheese. Doughnuts are just as unique and are divided into old school, new school and our school with cool flavorings like the Maple Bacon Bar, Creme Brûlée, Cheerwine icing and Apricot Bulls Eye with Nutella.

The shops are open early and close early too, usually by 2pm if they still have doughnuts left. I’ve walked in before and literally all they had left was two glazed and an apple fritter. And they were mighty good.

Says Priest, “We are excited to bring chef-driven biscuits and fun doughnuts to Greensboro.”

Founded in 2012, Rise was voted Best Biscuit in the Triangle for two years in a row, ranked among the Best Biscuits in the US by Food & Wine Magazine. The brand serves up a constantly changing menu of biscuits and doughnuts as well as trendy items like cronuts. It’s a to-go format to keep the store moving and grooving. They also serve locally roasted coffee.

There are currently seven locations, Raleigh (3), Durham (2), Morrisville, Carrboro and in addition to Greensboro, they are adding Wilmington and Charlotte this fall.

The Greensboro location is scheduled for an early November opening. It will be housed in a building with Pieology and West Elm between Whole Foods and the Apple Store.