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Former K-State football player opening a new Wichita doughnut shop

The Dapper Doughnut will open in late summer in one of the canopies at Union Station.
The Dapper Doughnut will open in late summer in one of the canopies at Union Station.

A Wichita entrepreneur who once played football for Kansas State University is about to open a mini-doughnut shop in Wichita — and his love of doughnuts dates back to his days on the team.

Brett Alstatt, whose Wichita resume includes stints at Koch Industries and BNSF Railway, is opening The Dapper Doughnut in the canopy at Union Station, 701 E. Douglas, that briefly housed Douglas Street Tacos. He plans to open in late August.

Alstatt, who will run the shop with his wife, Rebecca, says this is his first foray into the food business. But he's always been a fan of doughnuts.

"I've loved doughnuts ever since I was at K-State with the football team and we would have doughnut eating contests," he said. "That was the jumping off point."

Alstatt, who was a tight-end for the Wildcats from 2004 to 2008, said he's always wanted to have his own business. He was doing research about businesses to own or buy when he came across The Dapper Doughnut, a chain based in Las Vegas. He traveled there to learn more about the company.

"I went down to the headquarters and tried the doughnuts, and I was sold," he said. "That was the final selling point."

The Dapper Doughnut specializes in hot mini cake doughnuts that are always made fresh to order. Customers can choose which flavors they want from a variety of toppings, included cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, S'mores, Nutella, blueberry lemon and more. Customers order in quantities of six, nine or 12.

The shop also will sell doughnut milkshakes, which have doughnuts blended into them, as well as coffee.

Once he gets the shop open, Alstatt said, he'll start doing catering jobs.

Alstatt said that when he decided to open the shop, he started working with real estate agents to find the right spot. When he learned about the open canopy, which consists of a covered kitchen area with outdoor seating, he decided it was perfect. He's excited about the customer base that will arrive once businesses start moving into Union Station and once Cargill opens its big headquarters down the street.

"It's soon to get very busy, it looks like," he said.

His canopy neighbors include 8 Below Rolled Ice Cream and Funky Monkey Shaved Ice 21 +. One of the four canopies, which briefly held a noodle shop, is vacant.

He plans to be open from 6:30 a.m. until after dinner during the week and until midnight Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

I'll let you know when Alstatt is ready to open the business.

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