Amon’s Bakery opened in downtown Somerset on January 18, 1951. Amon Lafayette Stephens had returned from overseas where he fought in WWII, and was looking for a birthday present for his wife Rosemary when he spotted a for sale sign on a small building in the old downtown.
For the next 67 years the couple would run the bakery til Amon’s passing in 2012.
“That’s what he bought me for my birthday, and I tell [people] I haven’t been out of a job since,” Rosemary said.From time to time national media have descended on Amon’s Sugar Shack and that’s how I found out about the concern back in the 90s when Bon Appetit magazine ‘discovered’ their coconut donuts.
I was visiting family in Corbin, and mentioned that Somerset had a world-renowned donut shop which was all my dad needed to hear. We piled up in his F-350 and pointed toward Pulaski County.
I’ll never forget buying that box of donuts. It felt like it had an anvil in it. You get your moneys worth at the Sugar Shack.
That was over 20 years ago. Nowadays the business has expanded greatly to offer hot plate lunches and since this is Kentucky; chili buns.A chili bun with mustard and onions will set you back $2 at Amon’s. It hews closely to the tradition established some 30 miles east in towns like London, Manchester and Corbin.
The all beef meat has been ground fine, lightly seasoned with chili powder and served with ballpark style mustard and chopped white onions as garnish. A bag of Grippos would have set it off real nice but they are not offered.
I imagine the folks of Pulaski County don’t study too hard on chili buns but I live 700 miles from the Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail and sometimes the urge for one is nearly too much to bear.
Amon’s Sugar Shack
1900 Old US Hwy 27
telephone (606) 678-4392
Hours of operation
always call ahead