Photo: Contributed By Neil Bukowski Jr., Storeowner.
MIDDLETOWN — The well-known , family-run Neil’s Donuts of Wallingford will soon open a second store at 211 S. Main St.
The storefront is up and in the next month Neil’s will be open to serve its popular fluffy, frosted doughnutsand breakfast classics.
Owner Neil Bukowski Jr. plans a soft opening on either Oct. 14 or Oct. 20 and a grand opening during the second week of November.
The new store will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and closed on Mondays. Weekend hours will be Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Middletown location, unlike Neil’s in Wallingford, will feature a drive-thru option for customers. The menu is not expected to change and will include the same variety of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, coffee and of course: doughnuts .
Bukowski said he has been planning to open a second location for the last five years and finally found a location he liked in Middletown. Neil’s was originally set to open at the end of the summer but was delayed by the pandemic.
“It didn’t feel right to open in the middle of a pandemic, but now it seems to be slowing down a little bit and people are out, going back to work and schools are open. I feel like it’s finally the right time to open,” said Bukowski.
“We’re going to take our precautions, make sure social distancing is happening and not allowing more than 10 people in the store and more,” Bukowski said.
Bukowski said he is excited about the new spot and so are Middletown residents.
Melissa Williams said she is pleased about Neil’s coming to the city and although she has a gluten intolerance, she plans on suffering the consequences and having a vanilla buttercream filled doughnut when the store opens.
“They’re literally like the best doughnut in the world, I’m kind of a doughnut freak,” said Williams. “It’s nice to have a coffee and doughnut shop that is a small business versus a large chain, it’s nice to have that option.”
Another local resident, Michael Cavanaugh, said he thinks traffic could be a nightmare, but that Neil’s is a great addition to Middletown. Cavanaugh, like Williams, is also looking forward to sinking his teeth into Neil’s vanilla buttercream doughnut .
“Great doughnuts … People should give a family business a shot,” said Cavanaugh.