Regulars welcome return of Bunnell’s Donut Hut

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 2, 2002

“Today we’re selling them just as soon as we make them,” said Missy Bunnell at Bunnell’s Donut Hut Friday morning.

In fact, they were sold out of their first batch by 7:30 a.m. and were already making their second batch. They were pretty much sold out again by 10 a.m. And still the tables and booths were filled with people, drinking coffee and visiting with each other.

The Donut Hut opened its doors on Friday after being closed for relocation for several months. Their new store is in the former Kwik Trip building at the corner of Garfield and E. Main, just across the street from the old location.

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“It’s great to see the people. I really missed them,” said Helen Bunnell on Friday morning. Helen and her daughter-in-law Missy were running things up front, while Helen’s husband Bruce and her son Kevin were busy baking more donuts and rolls.

Bunnell’s customers are loyal, and many have been coming in for a roll and coffee or a sandwich – and to chat with friends – since they opened their doors 21 years ago.

Carol Thompson and her sister-in-law Sandy Thompson are a couple of regular customers who were glad to able to come in for their morning coffee with their father-in-law Jewell Thompson.

“There’s a lot of the same people from the other place here today,” said Carol. There were some new employees, but the rolls and coffee were still the same, she said.

“It’s the only place like this in town, casual, old-fashioned,” said Rick Buringa, who came in for a snack with his wife Perian and their friends Dan and Cindy Bodensteiner.

“You always see people you know here. We even made a game of it, who sees more people they know,” said Cindy.

Not everyones come just for the donuts, though, despite the name of the store.

“The thing that we liked was that they have the old-fashioned Maid-Rite sandwiches,” said Ray van der Ploeg, who was in for a roll and coffee on Friday with Maxine, his wife.

The Donut Hut opens for business at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and stays open until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 1 p.m. on Saturday They are closed on Sundays. &160;