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Boise's Guru Donuts Will Unveil Big Changes on National Donut Day


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In March, the owners of Mission Donut announced they had bought multiple-Best of Boise-winner Guru Donuts. The new owners, Evan and Krystle McLaughlin, have already made some changes—they've added potato-based confections to the menu—but there's at least one Guru tradition they've decided to keep in place: National Donut Day.

"Guru's growing. We're expanding, doing late-night hours. We want it to be a really fun place. We want it to have a family environment where people can come and enjoy handmade artisan donuts in downtown Boise," said Krystle.

On Friday, June 7, Guru will give away a free potato donut with each purchase, host live music from Red Light Challenge and sell ice cream from The STIL starting at 10 a.m.

The changes the McLaughlins have made to the institution will be in the storefront, like new signage (designed and built by an employee), a brushed-up menu that includes new flavors, the soft opening of its new retail space, patio seating on Main Street, beer from Western Collective and cider from Meriwether.

Krystle said the overall effect will be to retain the "started-out-of-your-garage feel" of the original Guru, but with the McLaughlin's signature. They've given the interior of the shop a new paint job and started serving breakfast burritos, grapes and cheese from Create Common Good. In a push to attract a later-evening crowd, the shop will stay open on Fridays and Saturdays until 8 p.m. in June. It's a balancing act between the McLaughlins leaving their mark on the business while honoring Guru's distinctive brand.

"We definitely don't want to lose anything that Guru was," Krystle said.