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Donut delay: Opening of Frank's Lexington location hits snag

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Posted at 7:20 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 09:05:41-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — People in Lexington will have to wait a little longer, or travel further, to enjoy Frank's Donuts.

The regional purveyor of pastries was set to fully open its new Lexington location, on East Third Street, on Friday.

But Tony Gil, general manager of Frank's, said a call from the Fayette County Health Department, which informed them they needed an inspection before any food is served, pumped the brakes on the plans.

Gil chalked it up to a learning curve.

"We have shops in several surrounding communities," Gil said, "but things are done a little differently in Fayette County, so there's been some learning for us."

Gils said a ribbon-cutting ceremony will go ahead at 11 a.m. Friday, as planned.

"It was too late to call that off," he said.

A Facebook post said the shop instead would open next Friday, Dec. 13. However, Gil said he expect to be open even sooner.

He said he believes the inspection will happen Monday, and as long as nothing unexpected turns up he said the shop could open the next morning.

"The moment we get the inspection is the moment I start making donuts," Gil said.

He said he wanted to stress his appreciation of Lexington community.

"I want to thank our supporters and the Lexington community for their patience," Gil said.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department stressed that it is state and federal law for all new restaurants to be inspected at least 30 days from opening and that the standard is upheld throughout the state.