BRUNSWICK — Fans of the piping hot, glazed twist at 4 in the morning may not have to wait much longer.
Frosty’s Donuts is under contract to be sold and could reopen early in 2012.
The beloved doughnut shop closed in July following the death of co-owner June Frost. Hours at the shop had been sporadic for years, as the Frosts tried to sell the business.
But now an “Under Contract” sign hangs in the darkened storefront, offering hope to legions of doughnut fans in Brunswick and beyond. Several of them showed their support for the pending sale on a Facebook page.
“That’s the best news I’ve heard all day,” one wrote. Another hoped that the new shop will be half as good as the old Frosty’s, which has been at 54 Maine St. since 1970.
Frosty’s owner Bob Frost confirmed Tuesday that he may have found a potential buyer. He described the buyers as a local couple interested in running the doughnut shop, but wouldn’t go into more detail.
Frost did say that once the sale is completed he will be training the new owners, who he said will use his old recipes and probably keep the name of the shop.
He said the shop is likely to reopen after Jan. 1, but there is no firm schedule for finalizing the sale or reopening the business.
Realtor Shirley Wedell of Century 21 said she’s hoping to close the deal this month, but wouldn’t comment on any other aspect of the sale.
Frost dropped the sale price to $450,000 in August, but wouldn’t say what the price is now. The building and land are assessed at just over $187,000.
For those who can’t wait for a taste of Frosty’s, a recently posted video may hit the spot. Made in 2003 by Don Bernier, the video shows the Frosts rolling, glazing and serving donuts at their shop. The camera also pans to the Frost’s many religious displays, including a shelf of Christian pamphlets and a large framed picture of Jesus Christ.
Bernier, a San Francisco-based filmmaker who was born in Brunswick and grew up in Topsham, said he was a frequent Frosty’s customer as a child and vividly remembers “the smell of glazed donuts, burnt coffee, and thick cigarette smoke in the air.”
On a trip back home a few years ago, he said he asked June Frost if he could make a short film about the shop. He posted the video this fall after learning about her death. It can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/30359455.
When asked about the possibility of a new era of Frosty’s Donuts, Bernier was optimistic.
“The idea that it could reopen as an independent donut shop is promising,” he said in an email, “but they’ve got some big shoes to fill for sure.”
The late June Frost works the counter at Frosty’s Donuts in Brunswick in an undated photo.