A look at some empty Decatur storefronts | Local
The A-shaped building was a donut ditch dating from 1970. Harold Allison opened Spudnuts, specializing in chewy potato fritters. Allison renamed her business five years later and added a grill for breakfast and lunch.
Thirty-seven years after Harold’s debut, Allison’s niece Nancy Bryson and her husband Tom opened the House of Donuts in the same building in 2008.
Dan Carr bought the building in 2012 and rented the place to Golden Glaze Donuts owners Lori and Dean George. The couple left after a few years and Carr continued to make and sell donuts under the same trade name.
Carr said he closed the business in September 2018 due to a lack of employee cooperation and other personal reasons. He said he would like to see the donut business live in Decatur.
“The worst part for me is probably that people don’t appreciate these fresh donuts,” he said. If you put five different donuts in front of Carr, he said he would be able to tell which one was the freshest.
Several people, including graduates of the culinary program at Richland Community College, have expressed interest, Carr said, but he noted a permanent hurdle: Banks don’t give loans to potential buyers.
“It could be a very, very profitable business,” he said. “I haven’t found the right person to buy it.”
Carr said he installed a new exhaust hood in the restaurant and a new air conditioning system three or four years ago.
“It’s a viable business, and the business is there,” he said. “It takes someone who wants to work to make it work. “