Maybe you’re in downtown Harrisburg as you head off to work at 8 a.m.
Or maybe you’re there on a weekend at 2 a.m., after a long night out.
Either way is fine with Will Horn. He plans to have enough hot, fresh miniature doughnuts on hand to satisfy both early morning and the late night confection cravings.
Next month, Horn will park his food business—Tiki T’s Mini Donuts and More—inside the snug, first-floor space at the newly renovated Bogg on Cranberry, at N. 2nd and Cranberry streets.
“A couple of years back, I would always go to downtown Harrisburg at night,” Horn said. “So, downtown Harrisburg has a special place in my heart.”
Horn began his business last year, selling freshly made doughnuts at the Lebanon Farmers Market and at Saturday’s Market in Middletown. Recently, he also began vending on weekends at the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey. The 2nd Street location will be his first brick-and-mortar operation.
The space is small, only about 500 square feet. With no room for tables, all orders will be takeout. The late-night crowd won’t even need to go inside, as they’ll be able to purchase through an ordering window.
“I expect he’ll be very popular on Friday and Saturday nights, particularly,” said Brad Jones, CEO of Harristown Enterprises, which owns the Bogg on Cranberry, a fully renovated, 12-unit apartment building that opened last year.
Horn said that each doughnut starts with a vanilla base. He then adds flavors, many unique, which may include everything from maple bacon to S’mores to good, old-fashioned powdered sugar and glazed.
In case you can’t decide, free samples will be available.
“We have a plethora of new flavors,” Horn said. “Our goal is to come out with something new every month.”
The tiny doughnuts can be ordered by the bag or the bucket. Horn said that his machine churns about 1,200 doughnuts per hour, which equates to 40 buckets full.
Besides the signature doughnuts, Tiki T’s will offer its own branded coffee, bagels and waffles.
Right now, Horn is shooting for an April 15 opening. Once the doors open, you’ll have ample opportunity to stop by and sample, as Horn expects to be open some 81 hours a week, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
“Our goal is to help downtown as much as we can,” Horn said.