Back Door Donuts is back!

The line wraps around the parking lot.

The aroma of freshly fried dough wafted through Oak Bluffs on Thursday as MV Gourmet Cafe and Bakery and Back Door Donuts opened for the season. A visit to Back Door Donuts is a rite of passage for first time visitors to Martha’s Vineyard and an unofficial start to the summer season. 

Celia Peri goes nuts for donuts. – Stacey Rupolo

Celia Peri and brother Rocco Peri were first in line by the back door, followed by Jay Wolf and Chris Bowron. Both pairs had been waiting since 6:30 pm to get their hands on the season’s first donuts.

As 7 pm slowly approached, there was some anxious foot stomping and peering through the window, but finally, at 7:06 the beloved green door was propped open and the tasty treats flowed into the arms of a hungry crowd.

The late opening had some ready to head home, but for those patient and hardy enough to brave the cooling temps, they were rewarded with warm starchy goodness.

When asked if the donuts were worth the wait, Celia Peri said, “Of course,” through a mouthful of chocolate donut.

MV Gourmet Cafe and Bakery is open from 5 am to 7 pm. Back Door Donuts is open 7 pm to 1 am.