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The Historic Krispy Kreme on Ponce Is Temporarily Slinging Hot Glazed Doughnuts Again

A drive-thru Krispy Kreme pop-up is now open on the corner of Ponce de Leon and Argonne avenues in Midtown

A box of a dozen glazed and sprinkle doughnuts Krispy Kreme

The drive-thru Krispy Kreme pop-up shop is now open on the corner of Ponce de Leon and Argonne avenues in Midtown. The original doughnut shop, partially owned by basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, was demolished in November after two fires caused major structural damage to the historic building earlier this year. The first fire was eventually ruled arson.

As for the temporary pop-up shop, expect a menu of Krispy Kreme’s signature hot glazed doughnuts and other assorted classic flavors paired with bottled beverages. The drive-thru shop is open daily, starting at 7 a.m., with people asked to enter and exit the pop-up via Argonne Avenue.

Two fires caused catastrophic damage to the building, first in February, followed by a second fire in July. Investigators eventually ruled arson as the cause of the February blaze. No one was injured in either fire.

The aftermath of February 10, 2021 fire at Krispy Kreme on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta
The aftermath of February 10, 2021 fire at Krispy Kreme on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta.
Atlanta Fire and Rescue

Plans are to rebuild the Ponce shop using some original and refurbished design elements from the previous location, including the sign prominently displayed on Ponce. It’s still unclear whether this shop will also feature a 24-hour hot glazed doughnut drive-thru. The new shop should reopen some time in 2022.

Krispy Kreme opened on Ponce in 1965 and included a 24-hour drive-thru window. It was also the only kosher-certified Krispy Kreme location within City of Atlanta. O’Neal purchased the landmark doughnut shop on Ponce as part of a 2016 franchise deal with the North Carolina-based doughnut chain.

Sunday - Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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