Duck Donuts, a Duck, N.C.-based franchise known for its warm, made to order doughnuts, is opening its first Westchester location in Mamaroneck at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The 1,000-square-foot store, the second in New York (the first one is in Hauppauge), is owned by Armonk residents Dave and Bonnie Foncello, the latter of whom grew up in Mamaroneck.
“It’s great to be back in my hometown offering the community a product I strongly believe in,” said Bonnie Foncello. “The first time we stepped into a Duck Donuts, we realized that it was a special place, from the atmosphere of the store, to the aroma of made-to-order donuts and taste of the delicious product.”
What makes the doughnuts special, she said, is the light, pillowy texture of the vanilla cake doughnuts which you can top with a laundry list of coatings, toppings and drizzles.
On Saturday, the first and the 100th person in line will win a prize; others will have a chance to enter a raffle in which they can win a dozen doughnuts a month for a year.
While there’s a standard menu of items such as the Sunrise (lemon icing with raspberry drizzle), S’mores (chocolate icing with graham cracker crumbles and marshmallow drizzle), French Toast (maple icing with powdered and cinnamon sugar) and Beach Ball (vanilla icing with rainbow sprinkles and chocolate drizzle), there’s also — to use the Duck Donuts wordage — a “duckzillion” combinations to choose from, meaning you can customize your own. Among the available toppings: Shredded coconut, chopped bacon, Oreo crumbles, hot fudge, salted caramel and raspberry.
Also on the menu: Doughnut breakfast sandwiches (hello bacon, egg and cheese) and sundaes, as well as a host of coffee blends (Riptide Roast, Light House Blend, and Sunset Pier Decaf) and select retail items including coffee and travel mugs.
Though there’s limited seating, the store caters to customers by offering a viewing area where children (and adults) can watch their doughnuts being made complete with a ledge so smaller kids can watch the action.
In keeping with the franchise’s motto of “Quack Gives Back,” the Foncello’s plan to partner with area organizations such as the Mamaroneck School District, a local senior center and perhaps Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. (A sign on the wall reads: “Donut underestimate the power of the duck.”)
The store has a playful, beachy theme — it started in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, after all — with small rubber ducks of various designs placed throughout (they sell for $2 each) along with T-shirts, mugs and doughnut-themed keychains.
Depending on how well the Mamaroneck location does, the Foncello’s hope to open others in the county.
For the record, the chain was founded in 2006 by Russ DiGilio when he couldn’t find good doughnuts for his family. He since expanded to four Outer Banks locations and 90 franchises. According to a company press release, there are more than 145 additional contracts in 26 states.
If you go
Address: 805 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck, 914-825-9722, duckdonuts.com
Hours: From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday only; going forward hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday/Monday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
Worth noting: A single doughnut is $2.25; a half dozen are $11.95 and a dozen are $22.50.
Save the date: There will be an official grand opening in April; look for details on the Duck Donuts Mamaroneck Facebook page.
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Krispy Kreme’s next “big thing” is actually small.
With New Year’s resolutions still fresh, the North Carolina-based company announced the launch of a new permanent menu item Monday, designed to help fans “stay on track” – Mini Doughnuts.
The smaller doughnuts are now available at participating locations nationwide and the Original Glazed Mini has less than 100 calories.
“Too many people bail on their New Year’s resolutions before they are even halfway through January. That’s no good. Sometime a mini-indulgence, or cheat, is all you need to help you stick with it,” Dave Skena, the company’s chief marketing officer, said in a news release. “So, we miniaturized our most popular doughnuts.”
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The new doughnuts are miniature versions of Original Glazed, Chocolate Iced Glazed, Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles and Strawberry Iced with Sprinkles.
“To help fuel the cheat and reward fans for sticking with their New Year’s resolutions,” Krispy Kreme said in the release it is hosting “Mini Mondays” every Monday in January with a mini happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. where participating locations will give away free Mini Doughnuts. Find participating Krispy Kreme locations at www.krispykreme.com/promos/minis.
There’s a limit of one freebie per person per day, according to the promotion’s fine print.
Last year, Krispy Kreme launched a Chocolate Glaze Collection in January and also suggested dieters, “Don’t Quit, Cheat Sweet.”
New members of Krispy Kreme’s loyalty program get a free doughnut for signing up at www.krispykreme.com.
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A Midtown Dunkin’ Donuts worker suffered a deep cut to his wrist when he tried to break up a fight between his coworker and a pot-smoking teen they had chased away from store, authorities said Saturday.
The 19-year-old weed enthusiast showed up to the Eighth Ave. shop near W. 51st St. around 11:50 p.m. Friday wanting to fight the coworker who turned him away earlier for smoking outside the store, a source with knowledge of the case said.
Witnesses told the coworker that the teen had a knife, so when he came into the shop looking to fight, the worker grabbed a bread knife from behind the counter, the source said.
Another employee tried to stop the fight and was cut with the bread knife when he tried to take it away from the coworker, the source said.
The teen, who never laid a hand on either man, ran off. He was caught a short time later, but neither of the two Dunkin’ Donuts employees wanted to press charges. The 24-year-old worker slashed on the wrist refused medical attention at the scene.
“He’s home. It was minor, it wasn’t too big,” a third employee, who witnessed part of the fight, told the Daily News on Saturday.
Less than an hour later, a 25-year-old man was stabbed in the back and neck during a fight with a 20-year-old man on Second Ave. near E. 6th St. in the Bowery, cops said.
Medics took the victim to Bellevue Hospital where he was expected to survive. His attacker ran off and was still being sought Saturday.
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Escape brings tastes from around the world to Jacksonville’s 5 Points.
For much less than the cost of airfare and lodging expenses you can “escape” to several countries and continents by traveling only as far as Historic 5 Points. Occupying the former Cozy Tea space across from Sun-Ray Cinema, Escape brings a full bar, open dining room and a massive hookah bar and patio.
A recent chef change brought a menu overhaul and the debut of weekend brunch service. Executive Chef Joseph Black has carefully curated the new menu to include favorites from across the globe.
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I was pleased to discover that Escape offers khachapuri ($11-$17) — an Eastern baked flatbread that’s similar to an oblong open-faced calzone. I hadn’t found it in Jacksonville before. Fillings for these baked gems include lamb and mozzarella, roasted chicken with onions, peppers and tomatoes, a deluxe version with lamb, chicken and bastirma and a spinach, feta and mozzarella. We opted for the latter ($11). It was fantastic, and we regretted not adding the egg for an additional $2.
From the bar, my Spirited Away ($10) was a perfectly balanced and herbaceous creation of Irish whiskey, sage simple syrup, grapefruit, egg whites and orgeat.
We shared the Mediterranean mezza sampler ($13) with hummus, muhammara — a walnut and red pepper paste spread — and baba ghanoush. Joining the spreads were pita bread and pickled vegetables. We enjoyed the hummus best, followed by the muhammara. It was OK, but we’d try a different starter next time.
Escaping to the Philippines, I ordered the grilled shrimp and chicken pancit entr�e ($16) with carrots, colorful slivered peppers and Filipino rice noodles. A squeeze of lemon brings a bit of acidity, and overall this is a satisfying dish that makes for great leftovers.
My dining companion went straight to India: braised beef short rib masala ($27). The fragrant masala sauce and biryani rice were also served with brussels sprouts. The short rib itself was tender and flavorful — thumbs up on this plate.
For dessert we adored the salted caramel pot de cr�me: SO luxuriously smooth in texture and balanced in flavor. The bits of salt on accompanying candy pieces added a nice twist.
A girlfriend and I also tested the brunch service by partaking in an order of biscuits and sausage gravy ($6), plus two fluffier-than-thou pancakes ($4) and the shawarma lamb burger with truffle fries ($14 + $2 upcharge). It was all excellent, and we both remarked that the biscuits were the perfect size — not overwhelmingly large like some places — and full of flavor and flaky texture. If you’re a truffle fan, do not skip that fry upgrade!
Overall? Escape is a great addition to quirky 5 Points if you’re looking to try something new or experience a new cuisine.
Caron Streibich is an avid food-lover who will review restaurants every other week in the Life section. Follow her dining adventures at facebook.com/caroneats and #caroneats on Instagram.
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