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.”
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.
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Dear amazing customers- It’s with a very heavy heart that I am announcing Do Good Donuts & Treats will be closing. It’s heartbreaking to think about how many of you will be disappointed. We have loved meeting all of you, especially our regulars who have generously supported the shop. 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. At this time, I can confidently say it is the best decision for my family & our future. Please come use any gift cards and loyalty points you have ASAP. We are planning for our last day to be Sunday 1/6, but we are not sure when donuts will be back up and running with our recent equipment issue. I will update everyone if we are able to make donuts again. Until then we will sell ice cream until Sunday or until we sell out. We have to be cash only for our last week of business. Thank you so much for your support. We will miss you!
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.”
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.
Jason Ruiz covers transportation for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or 951-310-1772.
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