Dining With Denise Neil

Doughnut news: Wichita down a LaMar’s, Derby Donut’s new owner ready to take on Dunkin’

Wichita is down to two LaMar’s Donuts and Coffee stores — at least for the time being.

The store at 3301 E. Harry, which originally opened in 2008, quietly closed late last month after franchisee Doug Wessley lost the lease on the space, he said. That leaves just the stores at 10051 W. 21st St. and 3130 N. Rock Road as the only options for LaMar’s fans.

Wessley — who also has local Cold Stone Creamery stores and is in the process of opening Wichita’s first Pizza Ranch — said he hasn’t given up on the idea of reopening the shop in another space.

“We’re in the process of looking around in that area, and we’ve looked up in the Hillside area as well,” he said. “We’re constantly trying to keep our eye out.”

There’s also doughnut news in Derby, where Derby Donut at 1710 E. Madison, Suite 300, has a new owner.

Zachary Rasmussen has partnered with his mother (and Artistic Limousine owner) Kim Hawkins to purchase the business. Rasmussen, 27, said he was injured in a motorcycle accident a couple of years ago and ended up with a settlement he wanted to invest in his own business. He found that Derby Donut was for sale.

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Derby Donut at 1710 E. Madison in Derby has a new owner. Johnna Kolar Wichita Eagle Dining Panel

He doesn’t plan to make huge changes but will freshen up the interior with a paint job, he said. He also hopes to add some quality ground coffee and espresso drinks.

Rasmussen said he’s not intimated by the Dunkin’ that opened in town last month.

His doughnuts are made fresh every morning on-site, Rasmussen said, and people tell him that affects the quality. Plus, he said, Derby likes to take care of its own.

“That’s something this city is pretty big on is supporting local,” he said.

Kameron Rich of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Derby Donut’s hours will remain 4 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 4 a.m. Fridays until 3 p.m. Saturdays; and 4 a.m. to noon on Sundays.
Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.
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