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South Portland's Doughnut Count Drops Again as Tony's Closes

The Portland institution plans an expansion of its original location, though.

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Bad news, gang: the operator of Domino's Pizza in South Portland bought the nearby Tony's Donut Shop location. Owner Rick Fournier told the Press Herald he took the cannoli (or Boston Creme, as it were) after a year and a half because "They came looking and they made an offer I couldn't refuse." He admitted he was only breaking even with the second business anyway.

The city can't seem to accept a doughnut shop transplant: it rejected outposts of popular Maine bakeries Frosty's and now Tony's like incompatible organs. Meanwhile, the Dunkin' Donuts franchise totters along, with Little Bigs as perhaps the only proper, independent alternative for fried dough seekers (and even The Cookie Jar has flirted with failure before).

The good news for fans of the longstanding treat purveyor: Fournier plans to utilize the Domino's dough to expand his family's 50 year old Portland store. "He also plans to develop a new product line featuring cookies," according to the Press Herald. Unlike doughnuts, you can't have cookies for breakfast, which means this could be Fournier's entry into the lucrative lunch market.

Little Bigs

340 Main St - Rt. 1, South Portland, ME 04106 (207) 747-4233

Tony's Donuts

9 Bolton St, Portland, ME 04102 (207) 772-2727