REDDING, Conn. – For those in Uncle Leo’s Donut Shop in Redding on Friday, National Donut Day is more about celebrating that the store is open than it is about eating treats.
Owner and Norwalk resident Leo Spinelli said, “It’s awesome” that there is a National Donut Day.
His new storefront opened just this past week and serves fresh doughnuts made with his family’s secret recipe.
National Donut Day started after World War I when the Salvation Army honored those who gave out doughnuts to soldiers during the war. In 2009, the national chains and some local bakeries began to give out free doughnuts in honor of the day.
“I might get an old-fashioned somewhere else,” said Redding resident Susan Jackson, but her favorite doughnuts come from Leo’s. “I support small local businesses first, so I’m not inclined to go to national chains like Dunkin Donuts.”
For Trumbull resident Ralph Bosch, having Uncle Leo’s in Redding is a great thing for the community. And he says he loves their doughnuts.
“I’m partial to glazed,” Bosch said.
The new shop will hold a grand opening ceremony on Sunday June 8, during Georgetown Day, Spinelli said. He will introduce all 10 types of doughnuts that the store will make.