LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Dominique Ansel Bakery Los Angeles, which opened with great fanfare in 2017 by the creator of the cronut, has closed its doors permanently, another victim of COVID-19.
Chef Dominique Ansel posted several photos on Instagram over the weekend of scenes from his bakery in The Grove, along with a farewell message.
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During the pandemic, we had to make some tough choices and also had to come to terms with not having a choice sometimes. A few weeks ago, we quietly said goodbye to @dominiqueansella and @ 189bydominiqueansel, which were temporarily closed in March with government shutdowns. We are now joining the Covid Victim List, alongside our highly respected peers in the industry. It’s ironic how we end when our last memories were of lineups every weekend and nights full of proposals, tree lights and glowing final evenings. Our Burger Park, Summer Marche, those epic first LA Pie Nights, our croissant 101 courses, the chefs we’ve collaborated with and all the smiling faces of our friends and guests. LA hasn’t always been easy as we set the bar as high as possible, but it was always exciting. And of all the things that I will miss, it is especially our team that I will miss. A group of co-dreamers – who believed in what we were doing and invested themselves in making it happen. And in the winter in New York, I guess I’ll miss the sun a bit too. Stay safe, LA. And let’s leave that as “see you soon”.
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“We are now joining the Covid Victim List, alongside our highly respected peers in the industry,” he said in the post. “It’s ironic to end when our last memories were of lineups every weekend and nights full of proposals, tree lights and glowing final evenings.”
Ansel opened the bakery and restaurant at The Grove following a very successful pop-up in 2017. The opening of the restaurant had drawn a lot of buzz and long lines of fans eager to sample the sumptuous desserts and offerings. from the best pastry chef in the world.
“LA hasn’t always been easy because we set the bar as high as possible, but it was always exciting,” he wrote.
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An impressive number of restaurants have been forced to close permanently, following the March closures ordered by the coronavirus epidemic. Other recent closures include Patina Restaurant at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Pacific Dining Car in Santa Monica, Din Tai Fung’s original US location in Arcadia, and longtime Valley Restaurant and the place for the Four N 20 pie in Sherman Oaks.