The fallout from the pandemic is still very much causing trouble for restaurants, especially when it comes to independent small businesses. Its latest victim is a beloved donut chain Blue Star Donuts, with locations in Oregon and Southern California.
The gourmet donut company is filing for bankruptcy, following a tumultuous months-long streak during which they had permanently closed four of their 11 locations, including their flagship store in downtown Portland.
The bankruptcy will give the company a chance to restructure their debt, and "help us weather the storm, survive, and emerge as a stronger business," according to CEO Katie Poppe's press release. During the process, the three locations in Los Angeles and three of the remaining locations in Portland will remain open.
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Founded in 2012, the company had quickly made a name for itself as one of Portland's most successful franchises and a place of pilgrimage for food lovers. With menu items like Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Cointreau Crème Brûlée, and Valrhona Chocolate Crunch, they developed a nationwide fan base of artisanal donut lovers.
While this isn't the last you'll hear of Blue Star Donuts, the bankruptcy announcement prompted fans to show support for the beloved chain on social media. "You're Portland to me," wrote one customer from Connecticut, while another said "Always my 1st stop when in Portland! You will survive this."
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