Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Paczkis for everyone! Kuppie's Bakery, Villa Park, Illinois

Robbie, Dawn, and Kasie Hanrahan, Kuppie's Bakery, Villa Park, IL
Robbie, Dawn, and Kasie Hanrahan

Photos by JEANETTE O'TOOLE  
Sign on counter at Kuppie's Bakery, Villa Park, IL
Sign on the counter at Kuppie's Bakery.
In terms of her profession, there can be no doubt that Dawn Hanrahan, owner of Kuppie's Bakery in Villa Park, Illinois, was given the right name. Up before the dawn, Hanrahan started even earlier today, their busiest day of the year, Paczki Day. With so few "real" bakeries left (and such great stuff they turn out), Dawn had lines out the door starting at 5 a.m., as literally thousands of pre-Lenten paczkis and other baked goods left the premises. But for Dawn, it is a labor of love, especially since this tradition is connected with Lent.

"It would be nice if everyone took the rest of Lent this seriously," I kidded her.

She laughed, "yes, but, it is nice that we can do our part."

Kuppie's Bakery, Fat Tuesday, Villa Park, IL
Kuppie's was packed all morning!


Kuppie's Bakery, Fat Tuesday, Villa Park, IL
People were waiting in line!
Kuppie's Bakery, Fat Tuesday, Villa Park, IL
Look at all those orders and this was three hours after Kuppie's opened.


Kuppie's Bakery, Fat Tuesday, Villa Park, IL
A happy customer, off to work, enjoying his paczkis from his truck.
Kuppie's Bakery, Fat Tuesday, Villa Park, IL
Two more happy customers leaving as another awaits their parking spot.
Kuppie's Bakery, Fat Tuesday, Villa Park, IL
One of the last customers to pick up her order (at 4:45 p.m.), Kuppie's truly rocks!

Kuppie's Bakery

42 S Villa Ave
Villa Park, IL
(the bakery is somewhat hidden; look for Ace Hardware, Foxy's Laundromat, and/or Mike's Meat Market)

(630) 832-0929

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