Donut Connection dishes up pastries, coffee

Donut Connection dishes up pastries, coffee

(Aug. 8, 2014) From chocolate-frosted and rainbow sprinkled to Boston cream-filled, donuts are back for breakfast at Donut Connection in downtown Ocean City.

Donut Connection Co-owners Daniel Picu, left, and Zev Kraiem opened their new shop on Second Street and Baltimore Avenue, just a block from the beach, last month. “We just want to be that friendly coffee place that everyone goes to,” Picu said. (Clara Vaughn | Ocean City Today)

The new shop on Second Street and Baltimore Avenue is dishing up pastries baked fresh daily alongside fresh-brewed coffee, Hershey’s ice cream and hot breakfast sandwiches.

“We just want to be that friendly coffee place that everyone goes to,” Co-owner Daniel Picu said.

He and Zev Kraiem left the scooter rental business they ran for four years to open Donut Connection, which launched July 3.

Kraiem said the two businesses are “day and night” in comparison.

“It’s a whole different industry. Coffee is the No. 1 drug in the U.S.,” he said. “With few other games in town, we thought, ‘Why not give it a try?’”

After a slew of renovations to the old international student café, Donut Connection was finally ready to open this summer. To get business off the ground, Kraiem and Picu hired a baker to make more than 200 donuts daily, with a batch started at 4 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. so visitors can always have a fresh bite to eat.

“We have a baker with a lot of imagination,” Picu said. “She makes the prettiest donuts.”

In addition to the baked goods, Donut Connection carries 20 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream and serves handmade milkshakes.

There is a full menu of hot breakfast burritos and sandwiches as well as muffins and bagels available anytime during the day.

The shop has free WiFi and the owners hope it will become a place to hang out.

“We want to get to know the locals and have them come in and talk,” Picu said.

He and Kraiem hope to expand Donut Connection in Ocean City, eventually opening a mid-town and uptown location, they said.

Donut Connection is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Visit the shop at 202 Baltimore Avenue, just one block over from the beach.

Donut Connection delivers downtown up to Ocean City’s midtown area. Call 410-390-3170.

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