Nyackers lamented the loss of Gracie's Ravioli last winter, but, almost one year later, it turns out there's good news with the bad.
Taking the place of the Italian shop will be Gypsy Donut, the creation of three local families—and named for one venerated pet dog. The coffee-and-donut shop is slated to open on North Franklin Street in March of this year.
David Schloss, one of the owners, teamed up with his wife Abagail, friends B.J. and Maia, and the Watsons—owners of on Main Street—to begin the venture. Schloss and his wife have experience with start-ups; B.J. and Maya are a skilled carpenter and catering duo, and the Watsons bring eight years of business acumen.
The concept evolved over the past several years, Schloss explained, with ideas hammered out over brunches or beers. At first, Gyupsy Donut was to be a mobile catering truck—but the owners decided on a more permanent homebase.
"We wanted to be customer-facing, and enjoy the retail experience," Schloss said. "And two months ago, we said, 'let's pull the trigger. Let's do this.'"
Schloss noted Gypsy's offerings will be as diverse as its owners' expertise. "Our model is not just to produce glazed donuts," he said. "We'll try to put out some head-turning donuts—we've already got some great recipes."
On the tentative roster now are red velvet and fruit-filled donuts. The menu will change often, Schloss said, and Nyackers can stay posted on what's happening in the kitchen through blogs and social media.
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The coffee will be provided by Stumptown Coffee, a Portland, OR-based bean roaster.
And though Gyspy Donut is opening amid a few blocks packed with eateries, Schloss isn't concerned—and neither is the competition. of Nyack Gourmet was quick to offer some of his equipment to the cause, and Matt Hudson of the gladly opened his kitchen's doors to Schloss and company.
"As a longtime Nyack person I'm not surprised," Schloss said of the hospitality. "But I'm thrilled."
"People have been fantastic," he added, noting hardly a day goes by that he's not stopped on Main Street or Broadway with a donut suggestion, or words of encouragement.
Schloss noted end-of-March is the indefinite opening day; there are still health department and building department hurdles to jump. But when the doors open, customers will see exposed brick and wood re-purposed from a blaze—"it's sort of a hipster aesthetic," Schloss said.
Also planned is delivery (by bike), late hours and in-store events. Extra donuts will be donated to the village's hungry. The shop is also taking donations for start-up costs on Kickstart, having raised close to $7,000 as of Monday, Jan. 9.