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For Village Nutz, Donuts in a Bar Work Well

It may sound a little nutty, Dylan North admits, but donuts in a bar has proven, so far, to be a good idea.

North and his brother-in-law Justin Jett opened Village Nutz inside of Zazou Bar on Sixth Street in Covington.

“We were throwing around ideas on how to best utilize our space when the bar wasn’t open,” North said. “We got to thinking, there’s not a lot of fresh donuts in this particular area of Covington. There are new apartment complexes going up. We need a place that serves basic coffee and fresh donuts. So, on a whim, decided to give it a go.”

And business has been good.

“We started in December of last year and did well,” North said. “Then spring and summer came. We’re getting people as they walk by, on their way to work in the morning, on Saturdays and Sundays when they take their kids to the park. We have repeat customers and new faces everyday.”

Village Nutz opens at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. They serve a variety of donuts, freshly made on site, until they’re sold out.

“I’ve really enjoyed this,” North said. “It’s allowed me to try something different and get creative,” he said. “You get to try new ideas (like watermelon icing donuts) and express yourself in a new way. It’s a nice change of pace.”

North has served as manager of Zazou for several years now. 

“It’s a great neighborhood bar,” North said. “In addition to drinks, we serve pizzas, burgers and our popular Philly cheese steak. I love it here. The clientele is great. We are like a close-knit family and then, you’re always meeting new people.”

The bar is open 3-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11-2:30 a.m. Friday; and noon to 2:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

North said, so far, plans for the donut business is to stay in the bar.

“Some think it’s weird to have fresh donuts in a bar,” North said. “But most people just embrace it and enjoy it."

Written by Melissa Reinert, RCN contributor