A fire on Saturday night has shuttered the doors of one Albuquerque donut shop.
Rebel Donut owner Margot Cravens said the store, located at 2435 Wyoming NE, was closed at the time of the blaze, so no one was hurt. But the inside of the building suffered “extensive damage.”
She said the fire department is currently investigating the cause of the fire, but is yet to release any information about potential causes.
However, lovers of the creative pastries – the shop once sold “Breaking Bad” themed donuts – aren’t out of luck.
The second location, at 9311 Coors NW, is still selling donuts, and will honor preorders from the Wyoming location. Customers who preordered at the Wyoming location can call the Coors location to reschedule their pickup day and time or ask for a refund.
Cravens said that as a small business, the store generally processes orders by hand. She has no way of telling digitally who placed preorders at the Wyoming location, and is counting on customers to reach out to Rebel Donut. It’s uncertain when the Wyoming location will be ready to reopen.
“Right now, we’re just kind of taking it day by day,” Cravens said.
On Tuesday morning, Rebel Donut will set up shop outside its singed store. Starting at 7 a.m., the shop will sell a limited number of donuts by the dozen in the parking lot of the Wyoming location until they are sold out.
Cravens said it was her employees’ idea to bring donuts to the Wyoming location. And, if it goes well, Rebel Donut will continue selling limited quantities out of the parking lot.
“They (Rebel Donut employees) volunteered and I said, ‘Alright, let’s find a way to do it,'” Cravens said.
Rebel Donuts was founded in 2012 in the original Wyoming location. The second shop opened in 2013. Cravens bought the business in 2019.
She said the Albuquerque community has been supportive since it heard news of the fire.
“We appreciate our community and hope they’ll hang in there and wait for us to open up,” Cravens said.