Denny’s Doughnuts and Bakery Celebrates 50 Sweet Years in Bloomington

April 1, 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of Denny’s Doughnuts and Bakery, a beloved local institution in Bloomington, Illinois. What started as one man’s passion for doughnuts has blossomed into a half-century legacy.

The story began in the early 1970s when a young Denny Marquardt wandered into Fred’s Spudnuts shop and discovered his calling. By age 14, he was already making the potato flour doughnuts himself, managing the shop just two years later. In April 1974, the Bloomington native’s dream came true when he purchased the business and renamed it Denny’s Doughnuts.

From those humble beginnings, Denny’s Doughnuts has brought smiles to faces across Central Illinois with their delectable doughnuts, cookies, cakes and other baked goods. Denny’s love and passion for his craft proved to be no joke.

Denny Marquardt, Pantagraph (File Photo)

Denny passed away in 2011, but his legacy lives on thanks to his wife Barb and their four sons who have all worked at the bakery. Barb currently runs their sole location at 1107 S. Main St. in Bloomington.

At one time, the doughy dynasty included additional locations in Bloomington and the surrounding area including a space at the Central Illinois Regional Airport from 1995 to 2010 and a location at 1503 E. Vernon when they acquired Bagelmans from 2005 – 2014. 

Denny’s bakers get creative with seasonal doughnut designs and specialty flavors. Pumpkin, red velvet and orange juice are just a few of their gourmet doughnut flavors that rotate throughout the year. Their popular paczkis make an annual appearance for Mardi Gras celebrations.

No matter the occasion, Denny’s baked goods are the perfect addition. While specializing in their namesake doughnuts, Denny’s offerings go far beyond the basics. They serve up a variety of delicious sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies and their legendary doughnut cakes. If you’re craving something more savory, a bagel or breakfast sandwich from Denny’s is a great choice!

With their amazing variety and creative flair, it’s no wonder this local landmark has brought so much joy and so many smiles to the Bloomington community for half a century.

Stop by Denny’s Doughnuts and Bakery on April 1st to congratulate the Marquardt family and their hard-working team on 50 years of crafting delicious doughnuts and sweet treats. To commemorate the occasion they will be offering 50 cent doughnuts all day. You can even pre-order online. It’s also the last day to order 50th anniversary celebration apparel from Select Screen Prints.

Here’s to another 50 years of donutty goodness!

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