LOS ANGELES - The owner of the iconic Stan’s Donuts, which has been a staple in Westwood for 55 years, announced he has closed the sweet eatery for good amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Owner Stan Berman released the following statement:
“Dear Friends & Family,
Over the years each of you have touched my life, you have visited me in the early morning hours and the late nights. Your support and friendship has meant more than you know.
It is with a sad heart that I inform you that I have made the decision to close my doors and today will be the last day I will be making donuts.
Unfortunately COVID-19 made the decision happen sooner, but I hope that you will remember how our donuts made you smile for many years to come.
Thank you for being by my side for all these years.”
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The award-winning donut and coffee shop, located on the corner of Weyburn and Bruxton in Westwood Village and steps to the UCLA campus, opened in 1965. It was originally called The Corner Shoppe.
In 2014, Stan’s Donuts expanded and opened locations in Chicago. However, Berman opted to solely operate at the original Westwood location.
On March 15, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered all restaurants to close to slow the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants are still able to place takeout and delivery orders.
On March 10, UCLA suspended its in-person classes due to the coronavirus pandemic, which likely greatly impacted the usual foot traffic at Stan's Donuts.
The iconic restaurant baked its last donut on April 9.