Ladies and gentlemen, we have a crisis on our hands. It’s not the Franklin County schools budget. Or Roanoke County’s debt. Or the name of a new high school in Blacksburg.
Or even Roanoke City Council salaries (but more about that later).
A fire has closed down Krispy Kreme on Melrose Avenue for good, portending a deep-fried dough drought in the Roanoke Valley. One wag who emailed me Tuesday likened this to the Flood of ‘85.
It’s not that bad, of course, but could the timing have been any worse? Friday marks the 76th annual celebration known as National Doughnut Day. And on that holiday of free confections, Roanokers will have to do with cold and stale trucked-in Krispy Kremes.
There will be no joy in Starville.
What about Dunkin Donuts on Franklin Road? Yes, they have reopened following a brief shutdown for renovations. And yes, they make doughnuts from scratch on site (unlike the ones at Keagy Village, where premade dough is delivered frozen).
And yes, they are making earnest efforts to appeal to Dixie, what with their new southern delicacy, the doughnut-bacon sandwich.
The bottom line, though, is that Dunkin Donuts is based in Massachusetts. As we all know, Yankee doughnuts simply won’t do.
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