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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Locals turn out in droves to celebrate Mr. Ronnie's opening

Locals turn out in droves to celebrate Mr. Ronnie's opening

Locals with a sweet tooth got their fix throughout the weekend, as a well-known, highly popular bakery finally opened its doors.

Mr. Ronnie’s Galliano location served its first customers at 5 a.m. on Saturday morning, and, as expected, the business had a line waiting outside of its doors to greet them as they opened up shop.

Literally thousands of donuts and pastries were served on the first day. Throughout most of the day, traffic at the business was so thick that the line at the drive-thru window was backed up onto the shoulder of La. Highway 3235. 

Locals served said even with the traffic, the business didn’t disappoint, producing hot, fresh dessert offerings that pleased the pallet. 

“They keep you going back for more or maybe, I just have a serious problem because I went three times today,” said Amber Martinez with a laugh. “My opening day experience was nonetheless great, the employees were very cheerful when their doors opened at 5 a.m. and they were getting people in and out in a very timely manner considering the crowd they drew.”

Martinez said she was one of the group waiting at Mr. Ronnie’s doors as doors were opening.

The business posted a video on social media showing their first seconds in business and the crowd awaiting them. The group cheered as doors were opened and the line flowed steadily throughout the day.

The first order was basic and predictable — a box of donuts. 

Throughout the day, hundreds of those boxes moved, as locals ordered some of the business’s treats.

Christy Walker said she waited an hour in the drive-thru line. 

“Ah, the things we do for our kids,” she said. “And donuts!”

When it was her turn, she ordered one dozen chocolate donuts with sprinkles, an apple turnover, a maple bacon eclair and some milk.

“We were greeted with big smiles when we finally made it to the window to order,” she said. “Our tummies were very happy with our order.”

While the drive-thru lines clogged, other locals found better luck going inside.

Both Mark Simoneaux and Ryan Pitre said they bypassed the drive-thru line by parking and going into the store.

Simoneaux said he was in the drive-thru line for 10 minutes before he told his wife to park while he ordered in the store.

He ordered a dozen Bavarian cream-filled donut holes, a cinnamon roll and a mixed box of a dozen donuts. 

“Inside took about 6 minutes,” Simoneaux said. “I had 5 people in line in front of me. It took me another 5 minutes to be able to back my truck out and leave. Fresh, hot donuts, ridiculous good.”

Pitre’s story was similar.

He said he saw the line at drive-thru, so tested his luck inside.

He ordered 9 regular glazed donuts, 3 red velvet donuts, and three burgers with fries.

Pitre said he was in and out in under 10 minutes and it would have been even less — if not for ordering the burgers.

“Considering that everyone from Leeville to Raceland came get donuts today, I was very happy with the experience,” he said. 

But perhaps no one did it quite as big as Martinez.

She was there at 5 a.m. for the opening, waiting 38 minutes in the drive-thru line for some tasty treats.

She then went back at 5 p.m. and said the drive-thru wait was about the same as it was for the 5 a.m. opening.

Then, she went back at 7 p.m.

By then, she said the selection offerings were limited because the business had run out of a few things.

But the line was as long as ever — more than an hour in total.

On Sunday, the business said it had stocked back up on all of the things that had sold out.

Lines on Sunday were still long in waves, but business wasn’t quite as plentiful as Saturday.