Hours: 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Address: 417 Main St., Gainesville
Phone number: 678-450-4515
Andy Nuon spent two years doing research to bring Gainesville something he found it was missing — a homemade donut shop.
Since Nuon opened Danny’s Donuts at 417 Main St. on Sept. 12, it has quickly become one of the most popular new restaurants in town.
“I didn’t expect it to be as busy as it is,” Nuon said. “I did advertise in the shoppers, but most people know about this place by word-of-mouth.”
He said his busiest times are Friday and Saturday mornings.
The slight irony is Nuon actually moved from California to Georgia to get away from a busy lifestyle. The business owner said he was drawn to Gainesville because of its small size, affordability and proximity to the mountains.
“I wanted somewhere quiet and peaceful,” he said. “I come from a big city with a lot of buses and traffic, so I like it here where it’s not as busy.”
But Nuon’s store, named after his 3-year-old son, has become a favorite place for locals in need of a doughnut fix.
Gainesville native Kelly Winfrey first tried the doughnuts with her mom. She liked them so much she brought her best friend back later the same day.
“They’re just delicious,” she said. “They’re fresh and taste like homemade. Better than homemade.”
Customer Tammy Hansen posted a glowing review on the shop’s Facebook page.
“My only regret is just buying a half dozen,” she wrote.
Customers can select from a wide range of doughnuts. The most popular flavors are traditional glazed, blueberry and apple fritters, Nuon said. But customers have responded well to some unique flavors such as buttermilk and maple bacon. Nuon said he built the menu around popular California flavors.
The shop also offers breakfast options such as bagels, muffins and breakfast burritos, along with boba “bubble teas,” a Taiwanese fruit drink with tapioca pearls.
The place’s popularity is not surprising for two reasons: Nuon ran a doughnut shop in California, and the business is a family affair.
Nuon’s father runs a doughnut shop in California. His uncle owns shops in Buford and Marietta with plans to open two more in Lawrenceville and Dacula.
Danny’s Donuts is also staffed almost entirely by Nuon’s family members. He even got his brother, Run Nuon, into the business.
Run moved to Georgia to help Andy open the store and planned to return to California. But Run said he loves the Southern atmosphere.
“People here are much nicer, much friendlier,” Run said. “They talk to you easily. I’ve already made a couple of friends who come in the store.”
Andy is pleased his family helps him with the store, especially since it requires him to keep such an unconventional schedule. Andy starts making donuts at 11 p.m. and works until 8 a.m. Then he goes home to sleep during the day.
In the future, Andy said he might open another shop, but not anytime soon.
“Right now I’m just focused on this one,” he said. “I’m concentrating on building relationships with the customers and the community.”