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Donut Pub, the 60-Year-Old Late-Night Bakery, Is Finally Back Open

Plus, ‘the poor man’s Planet Hollywood’ is gutted — and more intel

A photograph of the exterior of a Chelsea bakery, the Donut Pub.
The Donut Pub reopened on Sunday. The popular doughnut shop closed last year after its building was damaged.
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The Donut Pub, a 60-year-old Manhattan doughnut shop, is back open at its original location. The historic shop, which closed last year when its building was damaged, returned on Sunday and is now open 24 hours. The space has new floors and display cases, and there are three new doughnuts on the menu: French Toast, tiramisu, and apple caramel. The comeback was long-awaited: The Donut Pub closed at 203 W. 14th Street, near Seventh Avenue, over a year ago after the basement of a neighboring pizzeria collapsed, causing damage to the building. It was the first time the business had closed since opening in 1964.

‘The poor man’s Planet Hollywood’ is gutted

In Bushwick, a Burger King franchise known for its vintage, Hollywood-style decor has been gutted. John Froccaro, who has run the franchise since the 1990s, says the shop is being remodeled to have a “more modern and minimalist look” similar to other Burger King locations, according to Brooklyn Paper. Fans mourned the update online: “That was the poor man’s Planet Hollywood,” one Reddit user said.

On Randall’s Island, asylum seekers cook and trade meals

In August, the city turned a section of the soccer fields on Randall’s Island into emergency housing for some 2,000 asylum seekers. A small market has formed of shelter residents who cook, trade, and sell food like grilled meats and pastelitos from the park, City Limits reports. City agencies broke up the market on October 17 and on November 14. Vendors say they want to help other immigrants despite ongoing enforcement.