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.
So, we had to ask the obvious question: "WHY? Why would anybody get up at the crack of dawn for doughnuts?" After the jump, a collection of some of the best responses (and some delectable photos).
Matthew Chulka of Maplewood: "I wanted to be one of the first to get a taste."
Justin McMillen of St. Louis: "I want to be supportive of a local company."
Amanda Attarian of St. Louis: "Doughnuts make me go nuts."
John Flavin of Webster Groves: "Well, doughnuts. I like being a part of opening events."
Valerie Haffner of St. Louis: "I'm gluten free and I'm here, that's what they've done to me."
Michael Haffner of St. Louis: "I've been to a number of their taste tests, I knew I had to be there opening day."
Jocelyn Edwards of St. Louis: "We're doughnut fans, gotta support the local doughnut culture."
Kevin Chau of St. Louis: "I've been following them since National Doughnut Day."
Gut Check snagged a box of our own as well, and we can report that the gooey butter cake doughnut tastes exactly like gooey butter cake:
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