Meet AmTrust Insured Bob’s Doughnuts and Coffee

Topics: Small Business

Doughnuts are one of America’s favorite treats. Whether you crave the traditional ring, cream filled, twists, holes, fritters, cake (denser or thick) or yeast style, there’s a doughnut for everyone with a sweet tooth to enjoy. Today, over 10 billion doughnuts - or donuts, both spellings are acceptable – are made each year in the U.S.

Bob’s Doughnuts and Coffee

Doughnuts are so popular that in the city of Boston alone there is one doughnut shop for every 2,480 people! There are over 25,000 doughnut shops in the U.S. with the vast majority of them being small businesses.

Bob’s Doughnut and Coffee, located in the iconic Los Angeles Farmers Market, is one of the thousands of small businesses who are #AmTrustInsured. His dedication to his staff and customers inspire us every day.

Bob’s Doughnuts and Coffee at the Los Angeles Farmers Market is a landmark visited by both locals and tourists. Bob Tusquellas, who grew up going to the Farmers Market every day as a child, has been the owner of the popular doughnut and coffee shop since 1970.

Bob’s Doughnuts makes at least 30 different varieties of doughnuts, from plain cakes to apple fritters and kitty-shaped doughnuts, all made fresh from family recipes. To go along with the doughnuts, Bob’s offers gourmet and espresso coffees, 18 varieties of hot tea, plus cold drinks like lemonade, iced tea and ice-blended coffees.

History of Doughnuts

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, the doughnut has been around for thousands of years, with fossilized bits being found in the archeological digs of Native American settlements. However, the first “recognized” doughnut, called olykoeks or oil cakes, came to New Amsterdam (today’s New York City) with Dutch settlers in the 18th century. A “modern version” of the doughnut was created by Elizabeth Gregory in the mid-19th century when she deep-fried dough with spices, a lemon rind and hazelnuts or walnuts in the center for her son, a sea captain, to take on long journeys.

The popularity of doughnut exploded (no pun intended) over a century ago in the trenches of World War I as “Doughnut Dollies” delivered doughnuts to the soldiers in France during World War I. In fact, National Doughnut Day, celebrated on the first Friday in June, was originally designated as a celebration of the men and women who served the doughnuts during the war. In the 1920s, the first doughnut making machine was created and the rest is doughnut history. We’ve been hooked on this treat ever since.

Building Small Business Dreams Together

Small businesses, like Bob’s Doughnuts and Coffee, are a vital part of the U.S. economy. In 2018, there were 30.2 million small businesses in the U.S., accounting for 99.9 percent of all businesses in the country. These small businesses, which employ over 47.5 percent of the country’s workforce, are vital for keeping money in the local community, increasing the value of local real estate and promoting strong customer service values.

AmTrust Financial focuses on the needs of small businesses across the country. We offer risk management solutions from workers’ compensation coverage to loss control services, proactive claims management and additional protection for our insured’s day-to-day operations.

AmTrust helps protect the dreams all small businesses have, allowing business owners to focus on doing what they love. We work with thousands of small to mid-sized businesses across the U.S. to assist them in keeping their employees safe.

AmTrust Inspired

Our insured inspire us every day by the hard work and dedication they and their employees put into their small businesses. We recently launched AmTrust Inspired, an on-going effort to highlight our relationships and sharing the inspiring stories between our appointed agents, our insured and AmTrust.

For more information about our small business insurance solutions or becoming an appointed agent, please contact us today.

This material is for informational purposes only and is not legal or business advice. Neither AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. nor any of its subsidiaries or affiliates represents or warrants that the information contained herein is appropriate or suitable for any specific business or legal purpose. Readers seeking resolution of specific questions should consult their business and/or legal advisors. Coverages may vary by location. Contact your local RSM for more information.

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