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Cool Disco Donut in Dupont hasn’t even opened yet, but it already has a new name: Zeke’s D.C. Donutz.
While owner Aaron Gordon says the name was an homage to ’80s D.C. graffiti artist Cool ‘Disco’ Dan, there’s been some online controversy about the doughnut shop co-opting the artist’s fame.
Gordon says he grew up in D.C. in the ’80s, and the last thing he wanted to do was disrespect Cool “Disco” Dan. “I thought it would be whimsical and fun and silly,” he says. “But in the last couple of hours since the name was announced yesterday, there’s been a number of people saying that it disrespects the legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan … As a doughnut shop, we really want to make people happy.”
Juan Pineda, who painted the graffiti art in the shop adds, “It’s just caused a lot of grief and confusion, so we’re changing the name.”
The new name is Gordon’s middle name, which he went by as a kid. The doughnut shop is still set to open tomorrow at 2029 P St. NW from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look out for 12 varieties of doughnuts—six glazed, four filled, and two savory. Among the flavors: peanut butter bacon and ancho Mexican chocolate.
And despite the name change, the graffiti will stay.
CORRECTION: The shop is called Zeke’s D.C. Donutz with a “z” at the end, not Donuts as was originally reported.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery. Additional reporting by Will Sommer.