- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Weight-conscious Washingtonians bypassed the salad greens and low-calorie dressing yesterday and whiled away their lunch hour standing in line at the new Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop in Northwest for a piping hot, sugary confection.

Krispy Kreme loyalists waited in line for hours — some up to 13 — to sink their teeth into a gooey, original glazed doughnut during the grand opening of the chain’s Dupont Circle shop, the first in the District.

“I’m so happy there’s a Krispy Kreme in the District. Their doughnuts are so different from others — anyplace else. They’re fresh, and the employees are customer-friendly,” said Erin Farrish, 22.

Ms. Farrish, who lives in the Cleveland Park neighborhood in Northwest, said she and Krispy Kreme doughnuts go way back.

“My favorite doughnuts are the chocolate glazed with sprinkles, and I’ve been eating these doughnuts since I was a little girl,” she said with a smile.

Even Mayor Anthony A. Williams couldn’t resist the sweet treats. During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, he welcomed the company to the District in grand style with a proclamation:

“Whereas, on August 24, 2004, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be opening its first Washington, D.C., location in Dupont Circle; and whereas, Krispy Kreme, best known for its original hot, glazed doughnuts, was founded in 1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently operates 385 stores throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom,” he said.

“… Therefore, I, the mayor of the District of Columbia, do hereby proclaim August 24, 2004, as ‘Krispy Kreme Day’ in Washington, D.C., and call upon all the residents of this great city to join me in welcoming this organization as a new addition of businesses to serve our city,” Mr. Williams said.

The mayor and D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, both enjoyed doughnuts fresh off of the glazer during the grand opening. Although this is the District’s first Krispy Kreme shop, grocery stores, 7-Elevens and gas stations throughout the region sell the doughnuts.

By 2:30 p.m., store officials estimated that 1,200 people had filed through the double doors for a free original glazed doughnut. Some left with a couple of extra doughnuts for later, while others such as Tony Lloyd of Germantown bought boxes of original glazed treats for his colleagues at the law firm of Aiken, Gump.

“I’m going to surprise them [today],” said Mr. Lloyd, 40, who stepped out of the store with a broad smile on his face. As with Ms. Farrish, the aroma and the distinct taste of the doughnuts bring back childhood memories.

“I’ve loved Krispy Kreme [doughnuts] since I was little boy. They have a light texture, and they taste better to me. I’ll be buying these doughnuts on a regular basis — Krispy Kreme is finally here,” he said.

It was hard to find anyone who didn’t enjoy the sweets. When the store opened yesterday morning, Rami Genauer, the first customer in line, was the winner of a year’s supply of doughnuts. Mr. Genauer called the situation ironic because, as an Orthodox Jew, he won’t eat doughnuts that are not kosher. These doughnuts aren’t, so he plans to give them to the homeless.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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