There are plenty of holidays that are celebrated with plates full of decadent eats, but is there any day more indulgent than National Doughnut Day?
After Covid-19 dampened its 2020 celebration, Sarasota's Five-O Donut Co. is hoping for a great turnout this year, when doughnuts will be honored on Friday, June 4. All three Five-O locations will be giving away one free simple doughnut per person, and those who place the first 12 individual transactions at each location will be given a free Five-O T-shirt. As if free doughnuts and merch aren't exciting enough, the shops will also be offering specials and ready-to-go grab boxes to keep the lines moving.
For decades, the first Friday of June has been set aside as National Doughnut Day to honor women, popularly known as Salvation Army "Lassies," who served doughnuts and other items to soldiers serving in World War I. It is even said that the doughnuts were often cooked in oil heated inside the metal helmets of soldiers.
Five-O Donut Co. has locations at 2241 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 960-1370; 7119 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 312-4744; and 3800 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 388-7046. They are open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until the shops sell out. For more info, visit the shop's website.