“Time to make the doughnuts” is a call that rings familiar for many Americans of a certain age. But, the truth is, most doughnut chains now truck in their frozen treats to be refreshed each day. Here in Tucker, Bill Comedy is a throwback to the days of fresh dough.
The owner and proprietor of Donut City, Comedy’s day starts while the rest of Tucker sleeps. He gets the mixer and fryer started at 1 o’clock every morning to make his tasty creations.
“I started making doughnuts in 1994 in California,” Comedy said, adding that in 2016, his brother moved to Gainesville, Georgia and opened his own doughnut shop. He called Bill to say that business was booming, so Bill took a leap of faith and made the move to Georgia.
“While driving around [Tucker], I saw this space was for lease and I liked the location,” he said of his restaurant on Mountain Industrial Boulevard. That’s where, in September of 2017, Donut City opened its doors.
In the almost three years since the grand opening, Donut City has delighted the community with freshly brewed coffee, tasty breakfast sandwiches and, of course, doughnuts. Comedy even partnered with a local gym to donate doughnuts for a fun run. When the coronavirus pandemic shut down the nation earlier this year, Comedy’s shop also shut down for a few weeks. Slowly but surely, business has been picking back up since they reopened in early April and, he reports, they are almost back to pre-pandemic numbers.
Comedy doesn’t harbor any grand dreams of franchising his store, saying he’s content to focus solely on the Tucker store. And that’s good news for taste buds of all ages.