If keeping beloved neighborhood small businesses open was a New Year’s resolution for the Long Beach food scene then 2019 is already off to a rocky start.
In a post on Instagram, Tuesday morning, Tyler Lee, the owner of Do Good Donuts & Treats, announced that Sunday, January 6 would be the last day the shop will be open for business.
“I’m sure many of you are curious as to why we are suddenly closing, but let me assure you, this decision was not made without a lot of thought & consideration,” Lee posted. “At this time, I can confidently say it is the best decision for my family and our future.”
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The post welcomed customers to come to the shop until then but noted that donuts might not be on the menu due to recent equipment issues. Ice cream, Lee said, would be available until it sells out.
The post added that the shop would be a cash-only operation for its remaining week but would still honor gift cards and loyalty points accrued by customers. News of the closure was met with an outpouring of support for the soon-to-close donut shop with more than 100 comments expressing grief that Do Good would soon be no more.
Lee opened Do Good in February 2018 to lines of customers extending down the block of her shop located near the corner of 4th Street and Ohio Avenue. Lee set out with a simple concept, creating fresh craft mini-donuts from “real ingredients you can pronounce.”
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In March, she told The Post that she hoped her shop would be a reflection of her customers’ needs and a space for the community to gather. It will be, at least until the end of the week.
After that, it will join the long list of restaurant closures that sprinkled across the city last year, including 4th and Olive, Seoulmate, Russo’s, and Paradise.