Leonardo da Vinci was considered one of the great minds of all time and created some of history’s greatest works of art, including The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, but owners of a new doughnut shop bearing his name in south Forsyth have some pretty sweet creations of their own.
In January, the husband and wife team of Nicola Dinkla Kosky and Patrick Dinkla opened Da Vinci’s Donuts Windermere, located at The Shoppes of Windermere at the intersection of Mathis Airport Parkway and Old Atlanta Road, and the shop is already getting a good number of customers ahead of its March 9 grand opening.
“We haven’t had a grand opening yet, haven’t done a lot of advertising. This is mostly word of mouth and social media,” Dinkla said.
Da Vinci’s is growing in the north metro area.
Stores are already in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Lenox Square Mall and Alpharetta, the original location, and the local shop is the first to be franchised under a different owner. A second franchise, not operated by Kosky and Dinkla, is planned in Dawson County.
“We had a lot of customers who said, ‘We always drive to Alpharetta. We were so excited to see when you guys opened here,’” Kosky said. “I guess the product that they have in Alpharetta brought people in here, initially.”
Customer Paul Bronson said he planned to come back but Friday was his first time stopping by the store and when he saw the sign his “car just kind of drove in.”
“They look delicious,” he said. “I can’t wait to try them and see as I take them over to the office.”
Being in the fresh-made breakfast business means a lot of early mornings for the couple and their employees.
“Our doughnuts are fresh-made in the store every day. Valentine’s Day we were here at 2:30 in the morning,” Kosky said. “If we need more doughnuts, we start frying earlier.”
All the doughnuts are made from a vanilla cake batter —crafted by Da Vinci’s founder Melissa Rudd — and toppings, spreads and icings are then added.
“We are very picky about what icings and toppings we use,” Kosky said. “We’ve got the best bacon in the world, and that maple bacon keeps people coming back.”
The maple bacon doughnut, Kosky said, is the best seller, though others like the French toast, strawberry shortcake and salted caramel are also popular.
Every day, Da Vinci’s features their 15 favorites and a weekly special.
The store also offers a build-your-own toppings bar more commonly seen at ice cream shops. Along with a blackboard with chalk, the bar is a favorite of youngsters.
“You can come in with your kids and hang out on a Saturday. They can draw on the walls. How many places can a kid do that?” Kosky said. “And they can sit there at our make-your-own toppings bar. Their faces are glued to the glass, and they’re like, ‘I want that, and I want that,’ and they can do whatever they want. The kids get their own variety.”
Da Vinci’s also offers a gluten-free option on Saturdays.
On Saturday, Da Vinci’s will hold its official grand opening featuring free doughnuts and free coffee samples, drawings and a free dozen doughnuts for six months to the customer who correctly picks the number of M&Ms in a jar.
“It’ll be a fun day. I have no idea what to expect,” Kosky said. “But, we’ll have free doughnuts and coffee, so I suspect it will be busy.”