Written by Press Staff Writer
Friday, 16 May 2008 13:14
Mohamed Orra and his father Joe have one of the sweetest businesses in Northwood – and one where they get to make lots of dough.
The Orras are the owners/managers of Don’s Donuts located at 2911 Woodville Rd. Actually, Joe is the former owner, having taken over the business in 1987. Mohammed has been the man in charge since 1998. From Woodville Road, passersby can hardly help but notice Don’s, which has been satisfying donut cravings since 1963, mainly because of the art deco-type building, not to mention the towering sign.
“The building is still all original,” said Orra . “The sign is not the original sign one would see back in 1963. I am not sure when that was changed.”
If you get up close to the front of the structure, shadows of advertising and artwork from earlier decades can be seen on exterior wall surfaces.
Inside, the décor remains strictly original from the day the business first started – it’s like stepping back into time.
Almost immediately, the fresh donuts, sweet rolls, filled straights and other goodies (there are over 30 varieties from which to choose) divert your attention from the décor.
Asked what the best-selling donut is, Mohamed couldn’t narrow it down to one variety. “There is no ‘most popular’ donut – it’s whatever the customer is in the mood for,” he said
What is a popular favorite among patrons, however, is an in-store promotion that gets you a donut and fresh-brewed coffee for $1.99.
For those who like to start the day off with something a little heartier (at least before they indulge in the donuts), Don’s offers a full menu of breakfast and lunch items. Eggs, toast, omelets, pancakes, bagels, biscuits and gravy, muffins, and more are available any time. If you have a busy day planned, fortify yourself with the “Workingman’s Breakfast,” which includes two eggs, two sausage, two bacon strips, home fries with gravy, toast and jelly for $5.99. For an extra buck, you can add two pancakes.
The lunch menu includes hamburgers, BLTs and grilled cheese sandwiches, all served with chips.
Don’s is open seven days a week. Hours are 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.
According to Mohamed, the busiest hours are from opening to 11 a.m. Throughout an average day, the staff will serve 100 to 200 customers.
When the last patron has gone and the doors are locked for the day, the work is far from over for Mohamed and his staff.
A crew comes in between 8 and 9 p.m. to start preparing the sweet treats for the next day. Mohamed does most of the donut- and pastry-making. The nighttime bakers aim to finish preparing the donuts and pastries at around 2 a.m., which leaves three hours for frosting and decorating with sugar, sprinkles, nuts, etc.
Bright and early at 4 a.m., the waitresses come in – an hour before the doors open for hungry early-bird customers.
If you can limit your choices to 12, you can get a dozen donuts for $7.49. A half-dozen sells for $4.50.
Carry-out and special orders are available by calling 419-693-9043 or faxing your order to 419-697-9743.