Krispy Kreme is open for business at Bathurst and Harbord

Krispy Kreme is open for business at Bathurst and Harbord

Kids from Central Tech coagulate around the new Krispy Kreme (Image: Fraser Abe) 

Long, long ago, there was a magical presence in Toronto, gracing food courts and office buildings like gleaming, artery-clogging jewels. We’re talking, of course, about Krispy Kreme, the American doughnut chain that shuttered its downtown locations in 2004 when stocks tumbled. Well, sweet seekers who have had to make do with Cinnabon, stale KK treats from the gas station or long drives to Mavis Road can rejoice: the chain has opened a tiny shop at Bathurst and Harbord, right across from Central Technical School.

The new place is the fourth location in Canada; the others are in Mississauga, the south shore of Montreal and off Highway 73 near Quebec City. In other words, Toronto’s new Krispy Kreme is the only one downtown. Perhaps this is why the chain has attempted to class up the joint by changing the location’s name to Doughnut Café. It’s perfect: if the Harbord Room ever runs out of dessert, it can hawk the locally sourced treats from this little “café” down the road.