Busken Bakery Presents Donut Making Theater | 2021-07-23
Joe Busken Sr., founder of the iconic Busken Bakery retailer in Cincinnati, Ohio, used to leave his bakery’s back door unlocked overnight while he baked. Customers came and went all night grabbing hot donuts and paying using an honor system – a cardboard box on the table.
Dan and Brian Busken, fourth generation, borrowed a page from their grandfather’s playbook with a window opening in the back of their bakery in Hyde Park, on the corner of Wasson and Edwards Road, next door from the Wasson Way Trail.
The Brothers now offer a simple menu of hot donuts, coffee and cold refreshments for runners, walkers, cyclists and families passing the popular Wasson Way trail that goes both ways, just behind the iconic bakery .
“You can see the hot donuts being glazed,” says Dan Busken. “It’s an attractive way to have children resting their faces against the glass. It was a lot of fun.
He points out that Busken Bakery has been baking in Hyde Park for almost 60 years. When the trail opened last year, the owners decided that a backdoor concept serving hot donuts would become a reality.
The grand opening of the renovated store coincided with National Donut Day, which took place on Friday, June 4.
The counter will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Schedules will expand throughout the summer.
“People who want after-dinner dessert can enjoy a special treat,” Busken points out. “We serve fresh donuts, as well as iced and hot coffee.”
Founded in Cincinnati by Joseph C. Busken Sr. in 1928, the iconic bakery started from humble beginnings, selling baked goods at the counter of a meat market in East Hyde Park on Erie Avenue. In 1962, Busken moved the bakery to its present location at the corner of Madison and Edwards roads in Hyde Park.
Today, the 4th generation bakery operates 24 hours a day, six days a week, producing more than 100 unique varieties of fresh baked goods every day.