There was much anticipation in the community leading up to the opening of the new Fractured Prune doughnut shop in the Owings Mills Metro Centre. Those of us who have spent a good bit of our lives in Maryland have heard of this company before. Everyone has been very excited about the prospect of one opening in this area, so much so that during its opening week, there were folks lined up outside the store to get a taste of the sweet treats offered there. The store officially opened for business at 5:56 a.m. March 31 with a Facebook message that simple read "Good Morning World, we are open!"
I have been following this opening for a while now, mostly because I find the back story of the restaurant very intriguing. I was wondering how the owners came up with the name "Fractured Prune," so I began doing a bit of research. According to the website Markbatterson.com, in 1976, when founder Tom Parshall was getting ready to open the first Fractured Prune in Ocean City, he struggled to find a suitable name for his new establishment. He found out that the land on which his store was situated was owned during the 1800s by a woman named Prunella Shriek. As the story goes, Shriek was quite the trailblazer. As an older woman in her 70s, she competed in many sports that were traditionally male at the time, such as ice skating and skiing. She was even named county ping-pong champion in 1895. Since she was an older woman, she was much more fragile than her younger male counterparts, and would frequently return from sporting competitions rather banged up, often in a wheelchair or on crutches. Because of this, the townspeople lovingly dubbed her "Fractured Prunella." This story — and that name — inspired Parshall to name his shop Fractured Prune Doughnuts.
The new location in Owings Mills does not have seating; it is strictly a carryout establishment. As you walk in, the sights, sounds and smells will undoubtedly make your mouth water. As you place your order, you can see the server reach into the hopper and extract your warm doughnut.
Next, you choose your glaze. The different types of glazes available are banana, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, caramel, honey, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, mint, maple, key lime, chocolate, lemon, mocha, mixed berry, orange, peach and marshmallow.
Then you pick your topping. Toppings include chocolate sprinkles, cinnamon and sugar, cookie crumbs, mini marshmallows, mini candy-coated chocolates, bacon crumbs, powdered sugar, rainbow sprinkles, graham crackers, sea salt, mini chocolate chips and granulated sugar.
The possibilities are endless, but if you are having a hard time deciding for yourself, you can take a look at the more popular combinations listed on a board in the store. These include chocolate-covered cherry, mint chocolate chip, OC sand, banana cream pie, Black Forest, blackberry cobbler, blueberry hill, cookies and cream, Dulce de Leche, chocolate-covered strawberry, French toast, key lime pie, lemonade, salted caramel, rocky shores and, of course, a naked doughnut.
The restaurant's most popular doughnut is the OC sand, which is a warm doughnut dipped in honey glaze and topped with cinnamon and sugar.
Fractured Prune Doughnuts is at 10209 Grand Central Ave. in Owings Mills. It is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
I must warn you that even the website states the Fractured Prune's doughnuts may be habit-forming.
Terry Chaney is a Reisterstown resident and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.