Cryin’ over dry donuts

Some people were shocked that Rocket 88 shut its doors, but people close to the business were not. The short version is that a whole host of business and management problems plagued it from the inside, and an end seemed inevitable for those who knew the particulars. No prior restaurant experience, inconsistency, “Sahara-dry” donuts as one friend put it, high prices, and so on.  Nonetheless, we bet it came as a pretty big shock to the folks who were just hired for this job, posted on the 10th: Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 11.48.51 PM.png

But here’s where it gets good. Actually, this is where it gets great. Less than 24 hours later.

First, Lee Marcum hits me up on Facebook to ask if I’ll push a “Now Hiring” ad for Jack’s Donuts (the family business Marcum resurrected in one of my favorite business stories ever) to try to absorb some of the Rocket folks who lost their jobs. Smart and kind. So great.


Then, I find this post on General American Donut’s social media: Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 11.26.47 PM.png

So great!

And now I’m all teared up over some damn vegan donuts that I’ll never eat because this is the community that makes me feel so hopeful about new hospitality businesses in Indianapolis. The market is strong and flexible here. Some of our strongest hospitality businesses started as food carts and stalls and grew, and remain agile enough to instantly adapt. Best of all, we are driven as much by a sense of community as much as paying the bills. Making sure good bakers get to bake where they’re needed, and vegan folks can get their donut fix like the rest of us. (Can you imagine the alternative? No bacon AND no donuts?) This is what it looks like when good business meets good intentions. Great job, Indianapolis, and enjoy a vegan donut at GADCO for me.

You know, I hear you can get those with a piece of fried chicken in the middle for lunch….




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