The history of doughnuts in Sonoma Valley starting rolling around in my head recently after a news story in the Index-Tribune announced that Marisa Wondolleck is opening her Dirty Girl Donuts shop in the old Subway sandwich space on Broadway across from Sonoma Valley High School. I remember that a doughnut shop existed next to that location when I was in high school. Now it has come full circle.
There is good reason to believe that teenagers are attracted to doughnuts, or so thought Len and Lillian Nordmann, who in 1955 moved their Sonoma Do-Nut Kitchen to the Broadway location. They also served burgers, cokes, fries and all the other healthy food choices of the mid-20th century.
Before they moved to the Broadway spot, the Nordmanns operated their doughnut business on First Street East inside what was then called the 20th Century Supermarket. It would later become Food City.