The donut gods are smiling upon Cleveland this week. Today, Brewnuts finally opened
its doors this morning after a long, agonizing wait. And this coming Saturday, City Girl Donuts
will crack open its doors in Rocky River (20253 Lake Rd., 440-799-4083). The bright, contemporary bakeshop is set in the former home of the long-running Grady’s Fine Wines shop.
Owner Barbara Fazio and pastry chef-partner pastry Erica Coffee are thrilled to debut their lineup of classic, contemporary and custom creations. These are fresh-made, from-scratch donuts that use quality ingredients, toppings and fillings.
“I’ve been a donut-crazed person my whole life,” Fazio confesses. “I remember walking home from elementary school and using my lunch money to buy that perfect maple cream Long John. I travel and eat donuts in cities like Chicago and Seattle and I always wonder why isn’t anybody doing it here. It’s crazy!”
Customers can look forward to classic donuts glazed with strawberry, chocolate, lemon poppy and more. Cake donuts come in flavors such as chocolate with mint chocolate glaze, caramel apple spice and German chocolate. Custom creations run the gamut from “everything bagel” to mixed berry. Buttercream-topped Long Johns will be filled with maple, chocolate and vanilla. Donut holes will be sold by the dozen and half-dozen.
All of the above donuts are of the yeast and cake varieties; the trickier brioche-style confections will debut in the coming weeks, says Fazio.
The shop is mainly designed for grab-and-go transactions, but there are coffee and espresso beverages and seating for about 15.
“I’m very excited and happy to be working with Erica because not only is she so talented, but she is so great to work with,” Fazio says.
The hours are Tuesday-Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until sold out) and Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out).