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Rollo's Donuts

Rollos Donuts BldgRollo's Donuts is located at 602 N. 13th St. Telephone: (408) 294-7757. Open seven days a week. Monday through Friday, 4 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"No mocha frappuccinos here, just old-timers, working people, and a lump of sweet, urban survival."
-- Joe Rodriguez, San Jose Mercury News, July 18, 2002

The following article appeared in the March 19, 2004 issue of Neighborhood Matters.

“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees
the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”
- Oscar Wilde

Last Saturday found me at Rollo’s Donuts in the 13th Street neighborhood picking up an assortment of fried heaven for a community meeting. The regulars were elbow-to-elbow at every table. The corner shop reverberated with the kind of excited buzz that only the well caffeinated and highly sugared can produce that early in the morning. With the addition of a new breakfast menu, Rollo’s is the place to be in the morning. (All that are lacking is some German-style fried potatoes to put it over the top)

Photo of Gary SunseriRecently Gary Sunseri, the property owner, architects from studio s squared, and the Redevelopment Agency collaborated to produce a concept for the façade of the building . The design will preserve the historic elements and character of the building and freshen everything from the awnings to the tile wainscoting. When these improvements are complete, and the new streetscape out front finished, the building will be a polished jewel in the neighborhood crown.

The façade improvement and streetscape are exiting, but I left Rollo’s with three things in mind:

  1. There really is nothing better than fried dough in the morning,
  2. The neighborhood itself needs to see visible change. Contracts and designs mean a lot to staff, but action means even more to neighborhoods, and
  3. Like a good jelly filled doughnut, it is what goes on inside that makes the difference in the end, and by that measure Rollo’s already is a treasure.

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