Grindstone Coffee & Donuts is your new favorite day trip destination. The shop recently opened in Sag Harbor and offers donut flavors like you never tasted before including chai, lemon poppy seed, and a savory option: everything bagel.
Though his new shop specializes in one of the most unhealthy treats known to man, owner Kyle Shanahan is committed to giving customers the best possible ingredients in his donuts. Each one is made from a 48-hour-proof brioche dough made from local eggs and dairy and non-bromated flour. Shanahan notes that while “it matters what you eat . . . it matters more and more what’s inside your food . . . so we use all the best ingredients.”
Shanahan also wanted to make his shop a hangout spot in the community, so he chose donuts as a fun, inexpensive food to offer to customers who were there to drink coffee and chat. Donuts are also a great choice for the Hamptons because it is a great portable beach snack that you can eat year-round, unlike ice cream. In order to keep his business afloat, he had to choose products that would be just as appealing during the off-season.
Even though it has only been open for a month, Grindstone has already gained so much popularity that its donuts sell out by mid-afternoon. Customers come by to snack on the decadent Nutella s’mores flavor or to taste the novel everything bagel flavor, which contains very little sugar and uses cream cheese in place of frosting. They also offer more classic donut flavors for the purist, like glazed and iced with rainbow sprinkles. While you sip on your cup of San Francisco-based Four Barrel coffee, you can also browse the shop’s collection of art and vintage comic books for sale.