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It’s National Donut Day! Go ahead, have a sweet one

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Today is National Donut Day. Go ahead, have a sweet one or two or whatever. In celebration of the day, various businesses and retailers are offering freebies. I knew the line would be long at the Krispy Kreme  in the Burbank Empire Center,  1521 North Victory Place where they’re giving away a free donut to anyone who asks for one. At  that popular K-K outlet the lines are longer today than usual.  This afternoon, a K-K staffer told me the wait time to be served is “three hours!”  No joke.

I figured the K-K shop would be mobbed by folks — so I got my donut fix at the Donut Prince, 1721 West Olive Avenue here in Burbank. This is small business with a big reputation for very tasty donuts. When I dropped by this morning at around 8 a.m. there was a line out the door. However, it was not ridiculously long.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- A line at the Donut Prince on West Olive Avenue stretched out the door and into the parking lot at 8 a.m. this morning in Burbank June 5, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — A line at the Donut Prince on West Olive Avenue stretched out the door and into the parking lot at 8 a.m. this morning in Burbank June 5, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Inside the Donut Prince 1721 W est Olive Avenue in Burbank June 5, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Inside the Donut Prince 1721 W est Olive Avenue in Burbank June 5, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- A woman walked carefully to the car with two boxes of sweet treats from the Donut Prince 1721 West Olive Avenue this morning in Burbank June 5, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — A woman walked carefully to the car with two boxes of sweet treats from the Donut Prince 1721 West Olive Avenue this morning in Burbank June 5, 2015

While standing in line, I talked with a few of the regulars and they told me the donuts were well worth the wait. Some have been coming here for more than 10 years. I bought a half a dozen, got one donut free as part of the everyday deals at the place. Yes, I agree the donuts are downright yummy. I didn’t get an “artificial flavor,” which is the case the last time I bit into a Krispy Kreme donut.

For more than 15 years, the Donut Prince has been owned by Tek and Betty. The little donut shop has a lot of fans, including some in the entertainment industry. In 2010 comedian, George Lopez, had a late night show and decided to have two producers make a commercial about the shop, the owners, and their motto, “Don’t get a divorce; get a donut.”

Oh, George Lopez did a cameo in that commercial.

 

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