WALLINGFORD — Neil’s Donuts started in Wallingford, focusing on doughnuts. After 20 years, the bakery has two locations and a larger menu.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” owner Neil Bukowski said. “The goal was to make the best doughnut. I wanted to guarantee that if we had enough fresh product, people would come out.”
Bukowski said he added pastries to the menu to compete with national bakery chains, but later found out his customers really appreciated the doughnuts.
“I’ve been coming here for 15 years,” Wallingford resident, Robbie Vecchio said. “I like anything on the menu. My favorite is blueberry.”
Neil’s Donuts, 83 N. Turnpike Road, has a wide variety of doughnut flavors including Oreo, cinnamon and apple crumb. The bakery also offers coffee, breakfast sandwiches and muffins.
Bukowski said his favorite and the most popular are the glazed doughnuts.
As Bukowski decides how he wants to celebrate the anniversary, he realizes that because both the Wallingford and Middletown locations are so busy, offering a promotion could cause problems.
“I’ve considered giving away free doughnuts or offering our old prices,” the owner said. “But, it would create chaos. We would need acres and acres for parking. I’m not sure what to do.”
Last November, Neil’s expanded into Middletown. The location, run by Bukowski’s son, Rob, is larger and a has a drive-through.
“My son is really doing all the work up there,” Neil Bukowski said. “He’s handling all the responsibilities and he’s doing a really good job.”
The new location is at 211 S. Main St., Middletown.
South Meriden resident Maria Hinman said she has been coming to Neil’s about every other week for the last three years.
“My favorite thing are the doughnuts. I like anything blueberry and my husband likes the apple crumb,” Hinman said.
After 20 years, Bukowski said he is looking ahead and considering more expansion.
“Now I do feel that, unless something strange happens, we will be around,” Bukowski said. “Twenty years ago, we weren’t sure about that.”
Both locations’ hours are Tuesday to Friday 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday 6 a.m.-1 p.m.