Taylor Petrehn’s projected “low-key” opening for Taylor’s Donuts wasn’t very low-key.
The line started forming by 7:30 a.m., snaking down the street. Doors opened at 8 a.m., and all the donuts were gone within 41 minutes.
Patrons purchased individual donuts for $3.75, a half dozen for $21 and a dozen for $39 for a dozen.
For comparison, Munchers Bakery, 925 Iowa St., charges per donut for all its varieties. Its most expensive option is its cream cheese donut, priced at $2.08, which is about $25 per dozen.
Petrehn said the price allows him to buy rice bran oil, which he said is the most expensive but safest oil for frying. Higher prices also allow him to pay better wages than many similar jobs — $14.50 for someone with zero experience, he said — and provide some benefits.
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Chansi Long (she/her) reported for The Lawrence Times from July 2022 through August 2023. Read more of her work for the Times here.