Cop car makes permanent stop at doughnut shop |

Cop car makes permanent stop at doughnut shop

Sweet ColoraDough's new marketing tool sits in front of the shop.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent |

Enough with the cops and doughnuts jokes already. OK, just one more.

Why did Aaron Badolato buy a vintage 1950 Dodge Coronet police cruiser and park it in front of his Glenwood Springs business?

Answer: Because he makes and sells doughnuts, and, hey, it’s a great marketing tool.

“It’s my new baby, I bought myself a Christmas present,” Badolato, who with his wife, Anne, owns the Sweet ColoraDough doughnut shop and bakery 2430 S. Glen Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

Badolato said people often have a hard time locating the doughnut shop because it’s squeezed between a busy vehicle repair shop and a furniture store. So he wanted to add some sort of prop to increase visibility.

“I think I’ll put a cop manikin inside, and maybe a big doughnut on top,” he said.

The old cruiser came to Badolato via an interim owner in Carbondale, who obtained it from its longtime owner in Bayfield.

Anyone who happened through that small southwestern Colorado town over the past several years probably had seen the cruiser included as part of a collection of old vehicles at the gas station-themed Bayfield Diner.

The “B Diner,” as it was known by locals, was famous for its hamburgers, thus the “Burgerfield” name on the side of the cop car. The restaurant closed unexpectedly around the end of 2014 or early in 2015, according to an Internet search, and has been replaced by Renegades Diner.

Badolato said the story related to him is that the police car was in active use for more than 20 years until it became a restaurant prop.

If nothing else, it’s a great conversation piece, he said.

Sweet ColoraDough also recently expanded to include a Carbondale storefront near the corner of Sixth and Main, next to the Carbondale Food Co-op. For now, the new location is open from 7 a.m. to noon Friday through Sunday, serving coffee, doughnuts and gelato, with a full opening planned for May.

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