We’re Open: Doughnut Plant begins to reopen shops across city
A chain of seven doughnut shops across the city that closed all of its locations due to the pandemic is slowly reopening several of their stores.
The Doughnut Plant in Williamsburg reopened Friday after being closed for three months.
Owner Mark Isreal says, "We tried to stay open for as long as we could. I think the main thing was just our concern with protecting our employees and protecting the customers, which was the reason that we closed on March 22."
Out of seven Doughnut Plant stores across the city, Isreal says four of them have reopened, with changes being made in hopes of preventing possible spread of the coronavirus.
Some changes include delivery and contactless pickup only, staff and customers must wear masks, and employee uniforms will be washed daily.
"We were just trying to figure out what was the best thing to do for the employees and for the customers and, you know, thinking about how would we reemerge from this," Isreal says.
He adds that after being closed for so long and sales being down, the stores are feeling the financial impacts of the pandemic. However, he says he's still hoping to reopen the remaining three locations by the end of the summer.
"It's a process you know, of getting the amount of employees to staff the bakeries, staff the shops so they can be opened," Isreal says.
In the meantime, customers can enjoy a doughnut at the locations in Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Long Island City, and the Lower East Side.