Dozens of people lined up outside Tato Nut ahead of the highly anticipated reopening Wednesday. (Photo source: WLOX)
Word spread on Facebook the night before that the shop would be back in business Wednesday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)
While co-owner David Mohler continues to recover from a back injury, the store will operate on reduced hours. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -
Donut lovers across the coast have reason to rejoice. After a two month hiatus, the Tato Nut Shop in downtown Ocean Springs re-opened Wednesday morning. At 6:30am, a line of people could be seen stretching down the block. As the doors opened, it was hard for some customers to contain their joy.
Vickie Rogers had her order list ready, "Donut holes, Persians, Twists, chocolate twists, and regular donuts."
One customer, Z Szumigala, is about to leave for Australia.
"I was very fortunate that they are open the day before I leave. You've got to have a Tato Nut. There isn't another donut in the world worth eating, once you've had a Tato Nut."
Angelica Asbury was a bit melancholy about it, too.
"Well, this is my last two weeks here. I'm about to move to New York City in a few weeks, so I figure I would be here one last time given the chance."
The shop closed for two months while co-owner David Mohler recovered from a back injury. How's he doing now?
"Really a lot better. Much better. I'm just trying to release some of my duties and it's going to take everyone to help out to change some of my heavy lifting and my movements," Mohler explained.
While most of the people who stood in line waiting for the Tato Nut Shop to re-open came for the delicious donuts that are served here, others stood in line to support the Mohler family and all they do for the community.
"They support the Ronald McDonald House. And last year my sister was there, and they let us stay at the Ronald McDonald House, so I fully support everything they do," Olivia Clarisse said.
"It's amazing," Kyle Hillyard gushed about Tato Nut. "It's the greatest place in the world. I swear, I come here, when it was open, probably twice a week."
For now, the Tato Nut Shop will operate under reduced hours and days, but David Mohler hopes to increase those hours in the next couple of months as he continues to improve.