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Britts opens for season at the end of the month

Donuts come fresh from the fryer and head to the glaze station. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)

CAROLINA BEACH — The sweet springtime tradition indicating summer is calling officially arrives in a little over two weeks.

Britts Donuts — in operation since 1939 — flips on its open sign March 31, 4 p.m. Hours will be Friday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. until Memorial Day. Then the shop will be open seven days a week until right after Labor Day, when it closes again for the season.

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Britts remains North Carolina’s darling donut shop and has been recognized nationwide by Food + Wine, Our State, Saveur, and National Geographic magazines.

Bobby Nivens purchased Britts more than 50 years ago, though his relationship with the pastries began when he was a teenager. Nivens started working for original owner H.L. Britt as a high-school student in 1954 and bought the shop in 1972.

The crispy, light donuts come only one way: glazed. Each one gets hand-rolled, fried to order, and is served piping hot. A kitchen assembly line of rollers, dunkers, glazers and servers keeps the customer line down the quarter-mile boardwalk moving quickly. Though its popularity brings out people in droves, so prepare to wait — especially on opening day.

The sweet treats cost around a buck each or up to $10 a dozen and the restaurant only accepts cash.

Below is Port City Daily’s interview with Nivens from spring 2021 as the donut shop was moving into high gear Memorial Day weekend.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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