A nasty storm, a fallen tree and a 2,500 custom doughnut order sent Westport’s Doughnut Lounge into a frenzy Friday morning.
A tree had fallen on a transformer the night before, knocking out power to the fryer and heavy baking equipment (but not the lights).
On a normal Friday it would be a big loss — the bar and doughnut shop is normally packed with tourists, locals and Saint Luke’s Hospital nurses fresh off the graveyard shift.
“On any day this would be bad, but with Boulevardia tomorrow it couldn’t have happened at a worse time,” said Aaron Sebacher, one of the managers, on Friday.
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For the event, the shop had committed to deliver 2,500 Bourbon Barrel Quad doughnuts by Saturday afternoon. They’re inspired by the Boulevard Brewing Co. ale, with a beer-infused glaze and strawberry drizzle.
Sebacher got a phone call around 1 a.m. saying the power was out. It finally came back on at around 11 a.m.
When employees got to the shop Friday morning, they stuck a white notebook paper sign on the door that read, “Opening Later Today! Due to electrical issues last night. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
“We had a party of 25 that was supposed to come in at 9:30, we had been talking to them all week, and we were going to do mimosas and the whole thing,” said another manager, Aaron Duckworth. “I met the lady outside and said, ‘I am so sorry.’ ”
Sebacher and Duckworth were confident that they could make the doughnut deadline — but it would be a long day. Sebacher estimated it would take six hours to make the doughnuts and another two or three hours to decorate them.
At the height of the storm Thursday night, about 4,000 people lost power through the Kansas City area.
Jacob Gedetsis: 816-234-4416, @jacobgedetsis
The two-day festival’s music begins at 4 p.m. Friday and at 11 a.m. Saturday on the festival’s grounds near the Stockyard Exchange Building in the West Bottoms.See boulevardia.com.