Just how many people are eating doughnuts today on National Doughnut Day?
We don’t have numbers, but Donut Fantasy in northwest Fresno sold out all of its doughnuts at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, just three and half hours after opening. This is the place at Bullard and West avenues that discounted all its doughnuts for National Doughnut Day.
Several doughnut shops are doing promotions, like giving away free doughnuts at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts. A group of local bakers are selling doughnuts and coffee at an event that runs until 2 p.m. Friday at Lanna Coffee that you can read about here.
Donut Fantasy owner Nick Hamby was blown away by the response.
Customers starting lining up at 5:30 a.m. and by the time the doors opened at 6 a.m. about 30 people were waiting.
“All our doughnuts were a dollar a piece, so people were buying dozens and dozens,” he says.
Selling out so quickly is highly unusual, he says. On typical Fridays, the shop is open until 6 p.m., meaning it doesn’t normally sell out for another 8.5 hours.
Customers flocked to the maple bars with bacon on top, regularly $2 each but half price.
And they knew it would be busy, so they pulled an all-nighter to make more doughnuts. Hamby had been baking and selling since 10 p.m. Thursday.
Business was big at the Lanna Coffee event too. By 12:30 p.m. just one vendor, Sprinkles Donuts, had doughnuts left for an event that was supposed to run until 2 p.m.
Sprinkles doughnut shop at Maple and Behymer sold out of all its doughnuts around 9 a.m.