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January 17, 2018

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Korean immigrant bringing Texas-style doughnuts to Nevada desert


Aida Ahmed

KD Donuts and Kolaches opened Jan. 20 at 4650 E. Sunset Rd. in Henderson.

KD Donuts and Kolaches

KD Donuts and Kolaches opened Jan. 20 at 4650 E. Sunset Rd. in Henderson. Launch slideshow »

Henderson shop

Victor Lee wants to bring Texas-style doughnuts and kolaches to the desert, and his first stop is Henderson.

Lee, owner of KD’s Donuts and Kolaches, opened the breakfast shop last week at 4650 E. Sunset Road.

Kolaches, found in most Texas doughnut shops, are puffy croissant rolls filled with small sausages, bacon, jalapenos, ham or cheese.

The Korean immigrant had success as a baker in his family’s doughnut shop in Grand Prairie, Texas, but moved to the valley because the Texas doughnut market was saturated.

He found Henderson the perfect location for an early-bird doughnut store — open at 5 a.m.

“Texas has a lot of original recipes like kolaches,” Lee said. “Most of the doughnut shops in Las Vegas are California-style.”

Lee said his most popular doughnut, cinnamon glaze cakes, is new to most of his customers.

Doughnut prices range from 79 cents for glazed donuts to $1.35 for a cinnamon roll or apple fritter. Kolaches are $1.09 to $2.49 and $10.90 to $24.99 for a dozen.

KD Donuts and Kolaches is open from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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