Mark Trombino, former member of Drive Like Jehu, and producer of classic albums such as Blink-182's Dude Ranch, Jimmy Eat World's Clarity, The Starting Line's Say It Like you Mean It, and many, many more, has opted for a major career shift, opening a donut shop this week in Highland Park, Los Angeles.
Officially opened on Sept. 24 and called Donut Friend, the shop not only offers premade items, but also allows customers to choose from a variety of gourmet fillings for made-to-order selections.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Trombino confirmed that Donut Friend marks a whole new career chapter, not just a side venture from his musical profession, citing a decline in production budgets within the music industry:
“I don’t want to admit it yet,” Trombino says when asked whether he’s completely done with music. “But probably. I can still work at home. I have a little setup at home where I can mix or whatever. I knew this would be different than working in music, and that’s why I did it. I know nothing about this business. Every minute I’m learning something new, which is exciting.”
The producer hasn't completely ditched his musical roots, however, as evidenced by a menu that includes selections like “Bacon 182,” “Fudgegazi,” “Rites of Sprinkles,” and “The Starting Lime.” And don't worry- a “Jimmy Eat Swirl” is in the works. Check out the full menu below:
You can visit Donut Friend, the first of several planned locations, at 5107 York Blvd. in Los Angeles.