In 2003, a blizzard didn’t just tear down power lines. When it collapsed the roof of Rockville’s Montgomery Donuts bakery, it destroyed a piece of Maryland’s eating history. The doughnuts had been beloved since the 1940s. Suddenly, Krispy Kreme was as good as it got for morning sweets.
But the doughnuts have resurfaced—in Virginia. Benny Fischer, who bought the company out of bankruptcy from its founding family in 2001, is selling the sweets out of Slice ’n’ Dice (2175 Crystal Plaza Arcade, Arlington; 703-418-4444), his Crystal City sub-and-pizza shop. His bakers make the airy, yeasty honey-dipped rounds, the sugared cake variety, and 15 to 20 more flavors in-house from the original recipes. “I figured if one person knew the name, it would be worth it,” says Fischer. “Then I started getting calls from all over the place—Annapolis to Frederick to Baltimore—asking for directions.”
This article appears in the March, 2010 issue The Washingtonian.
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