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Sesame Doughnuts are a tradition in the Raleigh Hills area of Southwest; now they're coming to Powell Blvd.

RITA A. LEONARD - Co-owner (with his brother) Haidar Fakih stands at the entrance to the new Sesame Donuts location in Southeast Portland - open 5 a.m. till 8 p.m. seven days a week, at S.E. 41st and Powell Boulevard. A new doughnut and coffee shop is open at 4102 S.E. Powell Boulevard in a building that once housed a Baskin-Robbins. "Sesame Donuts" is owned by brothers Haidar and Saaid Fakih, whose father opened the first store where it still sits, at the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Scholls Ferry Road in Raleigh Hills, in 1999.

It has slowly expanded locally. There are now seven branches on the west side of the Willamette River, but this is only the brothers' second expansion east of the river, and the first into Southeast Portland. Previously they tried a store location near The Bomber on McLoughlin Boulevard south of Milwaukie, but it has since closed.

The original store has always been open 24 hours a day; but, for now, the Powell Boulevard shop will be open daily only from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. "We have fresh brewed coffee every day," assures Haidar. "It's a local coffee, roasted specially for Sesame Donuts. We also carry more than forty varieties of doughnuts every day – as well as bagels, muffins, fritters, croissants, cookies, and six varieties of doughnut holes."

Sesame Donuts also offers vegan and gluten-free doughnuts, for those wishing them. You can enjoy your doughnuts indoors or out at the shop (socially distanced, of course), or you can order to-go at 503/771-0724.

"Our most-requested items are fritters, raised glazed donuts, sesame donuts, and Portland cream donuts," Haidar tells THE BEE. "Our signature donut is a custard-filled cream doughnut with caramel frosting, drizzled with maple frosting. We also offer Belgian hot chocolate, chai tea, hot tea, and espresso, as well as coffee. All our employees are locally hired."

The Fakih brothers hope their early opening each day will attract Powell Boulevard commuters for morning coffee and pastry; there's plenty of parking at the new shop. "Come in and try us," invites Haidar. "We like to say, 'Our donuts are made to make your day'." The business is also online – www.SesameDonuts.com


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