Doughbout, The Grid's favorite artisan donut shop, will close in August, they announced on Facebook early Saturday morning.
Hey, you lovely doughnauts, staunch and fervent supporters of from-scratch, hand rolled, hand cut, deep fried goodness- whatever rumors you may have heard about Doughbot closing are true.
Bryan and I have hustled our asses off for the past 3 years, from gutting the remains of Ricksha, to having a record sell-out National Donut Day. We’ve been given incredible opportunities like competing (and kicking ass, if I do say so myself) on Donut Showdown, and giving a voice to small business in DC in regards to closing tax loopholes exploited by multinational corporations. We’ve worked with amazing local folks- big ups to Insight Coffee and Edible Pedal! It’s impossible to put in to words the gratitude we feel for this community. We really have the best customers, the best FAMILY, honestly.
We’ve hesitated in announcing our closure. It’s difficult to inform the same people who tell you, “We’re so glad you guys are here, doing what you’re doing,” that you just can’t do it anymore. As rewarding as these last few years have been, they’ve also been incredibly difficult. We’re simply burned out.
We’ll remain open through the first weekend of August, and try to cycle as many of your favorites through the menu as possible until then. We sincerely appreciate your continued support over the years, and we hope we’ll see you soon.
I met Bryan, one half of the team that makes up Doughbot at the Have An Offal Day event last year, and I asked him about his schedule. It sounded brutal. Essentially, when you go to sleep, he's up and headed to the store to make the next day's donuts. After hearing it described to me, I'm impressed they lasted this long.
With that said, they were very thoughtful in announcing their impending closure seven weeks in advance, giving loyal fans many opportunities to give them a final visit or two before they start their next adventure in life.
I hope they don't give up their recipes for good, though and continue to give us occasional opportunities to keep getting our Dougbot fix at pop up stores, in partnerships with existing restaurants or at Farmers markets.
Doughbot is located at 2226 10th St., and can be found online at Doughbotdonuts.com.
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