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.”
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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.