By the end of business hours on Wednesday, the Orland Park Bakery expects to have sold 36,000 paczki.
Crews have been working since Sunday night around the clock to make the specialty doughnuts, said bakery manager Dan Major.
“If we have to make more, we’ll make more,” Major said Monday evening.
Last year, the bakery sold about 28,000 of the timely pastries. Eager fans waited in hour-long lines for their orders.
Even though the bakery’s former Orland Plaza home used five registers on Paczki Day, Major said the hope is the new location’s more open layout will make the paczki flow smoother.
Of the 36,000 pastries the bakery is preparing, 20,000 are for pre-orders and 16,000 are for walk up sales.
A separate line will be available for the pre-orders, Major said.
Paczki will be available after Tuesday throughout Lent.
The flavors available this year, according to the bakery’s Facebook page, are:
- Fresh Strawberry
- Strawberry Cheese
- Strawberry Custard
The Orland Park Bakery opens at 6 a.m. at 14850 LaGrange Road. Look for paczki order forms on their website.
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