Sweet success for Limerick brothers

Two Limerick chefs are tasting sweet success with their funky new food business that offers unique donut flavours from Pina Colada to Rocky Road.

Brothers Keith and David Hennessy, opened Funky Donut & Co on Little Catherine Street in early September, from where they have already sold over 120 different flavours.

Within three months, the business became a franchise with stores now open across Limerick and Clare.

The Fedamore siblings have been working together as chefs for over 22 years and Keith owns the Brimstone Steakhouse where David is head chef and general manager.

“What better than two chefs to open up a little donut shop?” said David.

“We know all the recipes, the flavours, we’re good together. Everything is our own recipe and baked fresh. We’re always thinking up new flavours, you can literally put anything on a donut.”

Keith was always drawn to the American theme and figured why not give it a go in Limerick.

After six months of planning recipes from Boston Creme Crunch to Frosted Apple Crumble, waiting for the prime location and building the store from wooden pallets, Funky Donut & Co was born.

“Little Catherine Street was just brilliant because we didn’t want a big shop,” explained Keith.

“If we had a big shop we were scared we were going to lose our identity. You put in donuts and then you put in bagels and we didn’t want that.”

Business has been so successful, that the brothers have had to hire a delivery man, however their delivery service to local companies won’t start until after Christmas.

The original plan was to distribute a new set of 12 donuts each month, but due to growing demand  David estimates they’ve handed out 120 different flavours since doors opened.

The brother’s next plan of action is to open up franchises in the Crescent and expanding to the rest of Limerick and eventually, the rest of Ireland.

“Sometimes it’s the simple things that work the best. We’re still shocked at how well it’s going for us, and long may it last,” added David.

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