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Time for Tim Love to make the doughnuts

Chef Tim Love is making and selling gourmet donuts from "Back Dough", which is the back door of his Queenie's Steakhouse just off of the town square in Denton.
Chef Tim Love is making and selling gourmet donuts from "Back Dough", which is the back door of his Queenie's Steakhouse just off of the town square in Denton. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Departing from his usual meat-centric repertoire, Fort Worth-based celeb chef Tim Love (Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro) has hearkened his pastry skills to launch Back Dough, a late-night gourmet doughnut shop inside Queenie’s, his Denton steakhouse.

Served from a neon-lit back door entrance, the ever-changing doughnut lineup includes flavors like strawberry cheesecake, and cookies and cream.

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Strawberry cheesecake doughnuts from Chef Tim Love’s Back Dough. Paul Moseley pmoseley@star-telegram.com

The menu from the chef best known for his treatment of meat also features savory varieties such as barbecue pulled pork and buffalo chicken.

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BBQ pulled pork, jalapeno gravy with onion rings doughnut at Chef Tim Love’s Back Dough. Paul Moseley pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Doughnuts are light, fluffy and made-to-order, and Love has plans for customers to eventually choose their own toppings and fillings.

“I wanted to start it very quietly in a cool spot, so I chose Queenie’s for a test,” he says, indicating the possibility for more locations to come.

The Back Dough is open 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

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Chef Tim Love is making and selling gourmet donuts from "Back Dough", which is the back door of his Queenie's Steakhouse just off of the town square in Denton. Paul Moseley pmoseley@star-telegram.com

The concept is just one of multiple new projects for Love, including a Knoxville, Tenn., Lonesome Dove Western Bistro set to open this month, a new Love Shack location now open inside Terminal E at DFW Airport, and the launch of his own rosé.

Called Love & Hope, the American-made pink wine was a collaboration with California winemaker Austin Hope.

“It can stand up to a great charcuterie and can be enjoyed all day on the porch,” Love says.

The wine is currently only available for purchase by the half case ($120) online at www.loveandhopewines.com.

Back Dough is at Queenie’s Steakhouse, 115 E. Hickory St., Denton, 940-442-6834, www.queeniessteakhouse.com.

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