Daily Comet:

Mr. Ronnie’s Famous Hot Donuts has been a Houma institution since 1976, and it may become a neighborhood favorite in Cut Off, Morgan City and Houston.

Those are some of the areas that the family-owned business and the franchising company Francorp International plan to target next year when they franchise the Mr. Ronnie’s brand.

Rocky McMillian, a regional director for Francorp, first approached the Picou family in March about franchising the donut shop.

“Mr. Ronnie’s could get as big as they want to be. The great thing is donuts and pastries aren’t a regional item, and I believe they’ve got the best product out there,” McMillian said. “In the gloom-and-doom days we are living in, it’s nice to see someone throw their hat in the ring and experience growth.”