Doughnut Plant Hopes to Reopen on the LES this Weekend

Posted on: October 13th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

For Doughnut Plant, the “temporary closure” of the Lower East Side original might soon reach conclusion.

You’ll recall that the area favorite shuttered back in July due to challenges of operating during the pandemic. Now, three months later, they’re slowly getting back to normal. Doughnut Plant reopened the downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City outposts last week.

The Grand Street location – where it all started – could open as soon as this weekend, ownership relayed in an email.

Doughnut Plant is a Lower East Side success story. Owner Mark Israel founded the company in his Essex Street apartment in 1994. He started by selling his treats to Dean & Deluca and Balducci’s. The neighborhood brick-and-mortar at 379 Grand Street followed in 2000; a decade later it annexed the space next door.

In the intervening years, the bakery expanded to include, at one point, six total city locales.

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