In 1950, a man named Rudy DeSanti Sr. decided to make donuts for the customers of his butcher market, "Dreesen's Excelsior Market." Like everything else in Rudy's market, the donuts had to be the best.
Rudy Sr.'s donuts were excellent. His customers came to expect warm, fresh, delicious donuts made every morning and afternoon. Rudy was a person committed to excellence and anything short of perfection was not going to be sold in his store.
Dreesen's "famous donuts" eventually developed an identity of their own. As opposed to the donuts being an extra item that the butcher shop sold, customers came specifically for the donuts. One question often asked by new customers to the market was, "where is the robot that makes New York's best donuts?" Soon, all they would need to do is look in the front window.
After serving in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1964, Rudy Sr.'s son Rudy returned to East Hampton to learn the family business. He eventually began running the market in 1970 with the same care and focus his father possessed; and to nobody's surprise, "Dreesen's famous donuts" were as delicious as ever. So delicious in fact, the demand for these donuts grew beyond the walls of Dreesen's Excelsior Market. People began asking Rudy for his secret recipe. Rudy had a better idea: he would allow people to make and sell his donuts in other locations.
Dreesen's Famous Donuts can now be found in Manhattan, Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts . If you should pass by a donut shop, deli, or restaurant and there is a line out the door with a robotic machine producing donuts in the window, it's a good bet they're Dreesen's Famous Donuts of East Hampton.