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Mister Donut, 4727 Forest Drive: 1990   18 comments

Posted at 2:15 am in historic,restaurants

I talked about the doughnut store on Saint Andrews Road a few days ago, and that made me think of Mister Donut on Forest Drive.

I've written earlier about how we used to get hot Krispy Kremes when we went to wait for my aunt at the train station, but after Krispy Kreme moved across the river, Mister Donut was the only doughnut store near us, and it was always a special treat to stop there.

I had a little trouble with the name of the place. Their sign used a flowing cursive script, and to me it looked like "Wister Donut", which when you are a kid doesn't seem like an impossibly stupid name for a store, so that's how I always thought of it, though I was always able to get it straight when talking about the place.

Mister Donut dougnuts were both larger and more substantial than Krispy Kremes. My favorite was the "honey dipped", which I would say was about twice the size of a Kripy Kreme "original glazed", and much denser (though it was still a true [non "cake"] doughnut). In those days, I wasn't allowed coffee except on special occasions, so I liked to get the hot chocolate (which I remember as very good) for dunking purposes.

I was upset when Mister Donut was replaced by Dunkin' Donuts, a chain which I felt (and feel) had inferior recipies (and which at this location, according to my sister and The Free Times, can not operate a competent drive-through window). I didn't know until I looked it up today that Dunkin's parent company bought out Mister Donut and mostly dropped the brand in the US (it survives overseas).

The Dunkin' operation was smaller than Mister Donut and the east side of the building stayed vacant for years but has recently been occupied by, I believe, a travel agency.

UPDATE 26 March 2012: Added full street address to the post title, and added some tags.

Written by ted on January 27th, 2009

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  1. Cake donuts are inferior! I never remember a Mister Donuts at that spot, I thought it always was Duncan Donuts. You sure that spot was Mister Donut?

    ChiefDanGeorge

    27 Jan 09 at 6:13 am

  2. Yes - that was definitely a Mister Donut in the 70s. The building has been completely changed, though. It used to be one big open room with a big U-shaped counter and old fashioned stools attached to the floor. There was a window to the place the doughnuts were being made and you could watch the baker. My friends and I went there so often they would have my coffee and 2 "Angel Icings" on the counter before I sat down.

    I always liked Mister Donut better than Dunkin'. There was also one on Bush River Rd.

    The best doughnuts in town, though, were the giant sugar coated yeast doughnuts at the dessert counter in downtown Belks' Plantation Room restaurant. They probably got them from a local bakery. Awesome. Indescribable. A childhood wonder. I would pay $20 for one right now and probably cry while I ate it.

    Dennis

    27 Jan 09 at 11:13 am

  3. I miss Mister donut. They had some good breakfast sandwiches too.

    Mr Bill

    27 Jan 09 at 1:42 pm

  4. Mister Doughnut was in existence in the 1960s. BTW, they can't operate decent inside counter either. Went there once and me and 3 others walked out after waiting 10 mins without our order being taken.

    Tom

    27 Jan 09 at 5:15 pm

  5. I used to go to the Mr.Donut all the time. My grandfather would take me in there before we would go hunting. I always got a chocolate milk and a cinnamon crunch. My grandfather always had coffee and a french doughnut.

    Tim

    28 Jan 09 at 9:28 pm

  6. I remember Mr. Donut having a donut on a stick, like a lolly pop.

    Eric

    8 Mar 09 at 8:34 pm

  7. They definitely had "donut holes", which were like hush-puppies made and glazed the same as donuts. Perhaps they put those on a stick?

    ted

    8 Mar 09 at 10:56 pm

  8. I remember the Mr. Donut on Bush River in front of Bush River Mall. My grandparents would take me there whenever I'd visit. They were there almost daily and knew all the waitresses. I wanna say you could go all the way around on there stools. I loved that! IrmoJeff's wife

    IrmoJeff

    15 May 09 at 6:33 pm

  9. That was definitely a Mister Donut on Forest drive. Spent many a night there eating those great donuts and drinking coffee before finding my way home.

    Sammy

    11 May 10 at 1:37 pm

  10. me an my grandfather ate their all the time when I was little. I know it was still a Mister Donut until the mid80s

    chris

    6 Oct 10 at 4:41 pm

  11. It was owned by Bob bell went he had to change it over to dunkin dounuts

    Dwight

    25 Nov 11 at 5:32 pm

  12. man i can't believe i missed this posting... dennis' comment about the stools fixed to the ground and the u-shaped counter - i can still picture it exactly to this day.

    it had to have made it until almost the 90's before turning into DD - or am i off a decade?

    SteveB

    10 Apr 12 at 2:32 pm

  13. I worked there in the early 90's - I was the 3am - to noon donut guy. I quit just before Dunkin' bought them out. The new donuts were HORRIBLE, and far more "chemical" in the mixture.

    Bobbe Edmonds

    12 Apr 12 at 5:11 am

  14. KK over in "Tri-City"/Knox Abbott Dr. is MUCH better than Dunkin's. I think Dunkin's is over rated, and their donuts arent that good to begin with. They really never were good. Mr. Donut was much better too, but when they were bought out or closed, that's when the quality went downhill. The Dunkin's over at Boozer Shopping Center is one of the oldest still around I think, and it shows it's age, plus they are MUCH higher priced that what KK is.

    Saturday's child

    12 Apr 12 at 9:02 am

  15. Dunkin??? I like cake donuts from the convenience store better.

    tonkatoy

    13 Apr 12 at 6:50 am

  16. remember eating at Mr Donut with my grandfather in the early to late 80s

    chris

    13 Apr 12 at 3:14 pm

  17. I worked the morning shift here when Bob Bell owned it.

    Bobbe Edmonds

    20 Jun 12 at 5:03 am

  18. Does anyone have any idea what the waxy icing was on the donuts on a stick? Help!

    Rob

    13 Jan 13 at 12:54 am

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