KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — The smell of deep-fried dough wafted out the door, where the tail end of a line of customers stretched 15 deep.
“I can’t believe I actually stood in this line to buy doughnuts,” said John Davidson, who was eager to try Kadena’s newest eating establishment, Dunkin’ Donuts.
“We’re pretty excited at how well the store has done” since it opened for business Monday, said Master Sgt. Howard Smith, a spokesman for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which brought the franchise to the base.
The doughnuts are made in accordance with the franchise’s original recipes, he said.
Tech. Sgt. D’Jaris Gladden said the 20-minute wait was well worth it — even though the line was “crazy” and she was running late for work.
Before coming to Kadena, Gladden said, she was stationed at Langley Air Force Base, Va., where she went to Dunkin’ Donuts every day. “I’m so glad it’s here,” she added just before driving off with two dozen doughnuts and 50 Munchkins — the chain’s name for doughnut holes — to share with her students at Kadena’s NCO academy, where she teaches.
Staff Sgt. Donald Sample said he drove past the establishment Tuesday night but couldn’t bring himself to join the others standing in line outside the building. On his way to work Wednesday morning, he gave in and endured the wait to bring a box of Munchkins and a dozen doughnuts for “the guys” at his work space.
“It’s a taste of home,” Sample said of his fondness for the doughnuts. “It reminds me of when I was a kid and I’d get a doughnut or two every week and wash it down with milk.”
The new outlet is open daily from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. It shares a building with a new Baskin-Robbins outlet.