Blue Star Donuts closes more stores
Blue Star Donuts is permanently closing four of its stores. The flagship at Southwest 12th Avenue and Morrison Street and Northwest 23rd Avenue stores are empty and up for lease. The Multnomah Village and Beaverton Progress Ridge TownSquare also are going.
The Portland-based doughnut shop is known for its $3-plus doughnuts with flavors such as Raspberry Rosemary Buttermilk, Blueberry Bourbon Basil and Passion Fruit Cake. The company said on its Instagram page Wednesday, June 10, "Seriously ... our lil' donut hearts are overwhelmed with the show of support for our tough announcement yesterday."
The message set the record straight about what's shuttered for now and for good.
n Division - open for preorders only
n South Waterfront - temporarily closed
n Portland International Airport - temporarily closed
n Mississippi Ave. - temporarily closed
n SW Morrison - permanently closed
n NW 23rd - permanently closed
n Progress Ridge - permanently closed
n Multnomah Village - permanently closed
The message noted that in Los Angeles things are less dire:
n Venice - open for grab and go, preorders and delivery through Postmates, DoorDash and Uber Eats.
n Silverlake - temporarily closed
n Manhattan Beach - temporarily closed
Blue Star said on Facebook it had been struggling since the COVID-19 shutdown on March 17. The company currently has 16 staff members in Portland and eight in LA.
"We are absolutely grieving for what we were, and what we've lost, but we are not giving up!" said the brand on social media.
Blue Star CEO and owner Katie Poppe has co-founded and opened over 30 restaurants, including Little Big Burger and Boxer Ramen. Poppe could not be reached for comment last Wednesday.
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