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Hundreds of Donut Bar fans wait hours to welcome new Eastlake location

Posted at 2:17 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 18:06:26-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — South Bay, get ready to indulge in some of the area's most delicious donuts.

San Diego's Donut Bar officially expanded south Friday, holding the grand opening for its Village Walk location in Eastlake.

The donut shop's creative array of donuts, like the massive "Homer's Donut" or Pop Tart-stuffed "Big Poppa Tart Donut," are bringing the award-winning taste that began downtown to South Bay fans.

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Founder and Chef Santiago Campa said more than 500 people waited in line — some for up to four hours — to welcome the Eastlake stop.

"The response from the Eastlake community has been overwhelming, and I truly couldn’t be more grateful for the warm welcome! We look forward to becoming part of the close knit community of Eastlake," Campa said.

South Bay residents can get their own taste of Donut Bar's goods starting at 8 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends and until they run out — similar to other locations.

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Since Donut Bar hit downtown San Diego in 2013, the popular donut shop has expanded to Temecula; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Las Vegas.

Campa says a Pacific Beach location is set to open this summer. More openings are planned in University Town Center and downtown Riverside.

The eateries colorful and imaginative donuts, like donut grilled cheese sandwiches and French toast, have garnered acclaim around the country. The donuts have been featured in USA Today, the Travel Channel, Food Network, TBS' "Conan," and several other national media outlets.

Locally, San Diego Magazine readers and critics have awarded Donut Bar consecutive "best choice" awards.

As an after-hours bonus, some locations also offer late-night encore openings for donuts and a selection of beers on tap to pair.