There's a hole in the downtown dining scene. It's a perfectly round hole about the size of a quarter. It's there. We just don't talk about it. Well, that ends today, on National Doughnut Day. Kansas City needs a downtown doughnut shop.
Now go grab your free doughnut. I'll wait. You're going to need some energy for this one. In addition to the economic benefit of a new business, can you imagine the increase in work productivity? Who would ever miss a morning meeting when there are hot glazed doughnuts on the conference table?
What follows is a list of specific doughnut shops that could open in various neighborhoods downtown: the name, theme and signature doughnut. Someone else just has to pony up the dough.
The Crossroads: Big Top Doughnuts. More circus freak than circus, this doughnut shop would be magic (that's the tagline). The special would be the Big Top, a mass of doughnut holes baked together that you could take and break apart.
The West Side: Jelly. A slightly off-beat shop that uses only natural ingredients. Cinnamon sticks would be the signature doughnut -- a Churro-esque cinnamon and sugar fritter with a caramel dipping sauce.
The Central Business District: Doughnut. A big neon sign and an open processing line would be the hallmarks of this modern shop. It would all start and end with the original glazed.
The River Market: Jolly Doughnuts. This pirate-themed doughnut shop would take a cue from the Steamboat Arabia museum. The Top Side would be the top choice: a cake doughnut dipped in chocolate and rolled through sugar-coated crunchies.