DonutCrazy brings popular creations to Westport
Updated 1:08 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017
WESTPORT — An assortment of creative and wacky doughnuts — including cannoli, coffee cake, French toast, peanut butter cup and cookie dough — has hit Westport.
Located on the northbound side of the Saugatuck train station, DonutCrazy officially opens Friday and will sell breakfast items like coffee, breakfast sandwiches and, of course, its trademark donuts.
Owner and Stratford native Jason Wojnarowski builds custom houses, but in 2014, he bought a small coffee shop, Donut Inc., in his hometown so he could have a “place where all my nieces and nephews worked.”
It wasn’t until he opened a second location in Shelton in 2015 that he started making doughnuts to expand the offerings.
“I figured if we’re gonna make them, let’s make some funky ones,” he said. “When I started browsing around, I decided to make some fun ones in addition to regular ones.”
Originally, the intention was to have normal doughnuts and rotate the “crazies” every two weeks. However, when the crazy doughnuts were cycled out, customers were begging for them to return, he said.
“So now, we make 12 to 14 crazy doughnuts every day: maple bacon, cannoli, doughboy (cookie dough) and Nutella all became mainstays,” Wojnarowski said.
When Wojnarowski learned the Westport location was available, he was immediately drawn to it.
“I really thought as a commuter spot and a weekend breakfast spot, it could be pretty neat,” he said. “We have a lot of people coming up from down county to our stores, and it’s a natural progression to go down county, and I really was attracted to the easy access to I-95.”
The Westport location will provide to-go and delivery options by Nom-eez, which offers Vietnamese food and is attached to DonutCrazy in Bridgeport, and Match, a restaurant offering American fare.
Wojnarowski said commuters and other patrons will be able to order delivery on a service such as GrubHub or UberEATS, but the specific service has yet to be determined.
Under the proposed five-year lease, DonutCrazy will pay a monthly rent to the town of $1,500, which increases annually and culminates at $1,689 per month in the final year of the lease. DonutCrazy has locations in Bridgeport, New Haven, Shelton and Stratford.