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Honeydew doughnut shop to open inside Quincy YMCA

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QUINCY, Mass. (WHDH) - The first Honeydew doughnut shop has opened in Quincy, but its location and menu created some surprises.

Paul Gorman, president of the South Shore YMCA, said he was talking with the president of Honeydew when about doing something special in the new workout facility.

"While we were walking around I said ‘we have this concept of a cafe, a healthy café, is that something you want to do?’ He looked at me and goes, ‘That’s a great idea, let’s talk about that.’ I said “we’ve got to talk about the menu, it's got to be something different,’" Gorman said.

The menu features healthy wraps, salads, fruit and smoothies; but no doughnuts.

Gym members were caught by surprise when they saw the chain eatery.

"I was a little confused, because this is a YMCA and the fact they would be encouraging sweets and donuts was a little off to me,” Stephanie Schoonmaker said.

"Usually the name resonates with a donut shop. But I guess they're going to do healthy foods, if that’s the case, then that's fine,” Scott Palmer said.

While it is an odd pairing, it is an opportunity for the well-known doughnut maker to join the Y in promoting health conscious food choices.

If the menu is successful it could expand to other locations in the future.
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