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Krispy Kreme Fallen In Their Own Donut Hole?

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Lately we've heard a lot of scuttlebutt on the local and national level about outposts of the hot and heavy-making donut purveyor Krispy Kreme locking their doors for good with little or no notice. Last week, at one of those typical meeting of the minds where baked goods are often set out in the attempt to temporarily appease or possibly numb attendees, the bringer of the Krispy Kremes let us know that this time we'd really better get 'em while they're hot -- most of the local franchises had already, or were due to shut down shortly. So what the heck is going on with Krispy Kreme?

Earlier this year at an event we noticed that the table of their glazed originals was being met with only glazed glances by patrons, passed up in favor of anything but. Could it be that the low-carb revolution socked the donut chain right in the gut? Already one of the franchisors, Great Circle, has seen their location count fall from 31 to 17; their La Habra store -- the first one to open in So Cal -- shut down for good last Thursday, leaving those clients with only the fading scent of hot sugar and grease to satisfy their fix (and hoping they like the taste of hot chicken and grease better; a Chick-Fil-A is slated to open in its place). Right now negotiations are being settled for new ownership of just three Krispy Kreme locations in the LA area: Burbank, Ontario, and Orange. It seems Krispy Kreme has indeed fallen into its own donut hole. Personally, we try to leave those heavy-weight heart-attack inducers more than we take them, and Burbank is our local supplier, so for us it's not a loss. But we're wondering what everyone else is thinking: Good riddance or say it isn't so, Krispy Kreme? And on top of that, we want to know:

Where is the best donut in LA?