October 11, 2013

A Pre-Dawn Line for Donuts (Not Cronuts)

A crowd of doughnut-craving St. Louisans began lining up at 4:30 a.m. for Strange Donuts' much-anticipated opening this morning. Gut Check photographer and reporter-on-the-scene Jon Gitchoff says the line of more than 100 wound down Sutton Boulevard and reached past Saratoga Lanes before dawn broke. Keep reading: Strange Donuts' 6 a.m. Opening Draws Crowd of Over 100

Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times
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Jason Bockman, left, and Tyler Fenwick, right, work in the kitchen as patrons begin lining up outside Strange Donuts.
Jason Bockman, left, and Tyler Fenwick, right, work in the kitchen as patrons begin lining up outside Strange Donuts.
The classic glazed donut.
The classic glazed donut.
Co-owner Corey Smale checks out a customer as other customers browse the display case.
Co-owner Corey Smale checks out a customer as other customers browse the display case.
Mallory Scholten, Sarah Haas and Emily Roig of Maplewood. "We heard about them at the Maplewood Coffee Crawl earlier in the year."
Mallory Scholten, Sarah Haas and Emily Roig of Maplewood. "We heard about them at the Maplewood Coffee Crawl earlier in the year."
The Bart's Revenge donut which is chocolate with a Butterfingers topping.
The Bart's Revenge donut which is chocolate with a Butterfingers topping.
Amelia Tufts works with some dough in the kitchen as patrons line up outside before Strange Donuts opens. 
Amelia Tufts works with some dough in the kitchen as patrons line up outside before Strange Donuts opens. 
A raspberry-filled donut topped with powdered sugar.
A raspberry-filled donut topped with powdered sugar.
The free t-shirt that was given away to the first 25 customers on Strange Donuts opening day.
The free t-shirt that was given away to the first 25 customers on Strange Donuts opening day.
The iDonut is apple & cinnamon creation donut.
The iDonut is apple & cinnamon creation donut.
Argus Keppel of St. Louis shows off his purchase of 6 Bart's Revenge and 6 campfire donuts.
Argus Keppel of St. Louis shows off his purchase of 6 Bart's Revenge and 6 campfire donuts.