I recently shared the rumor that a donut shop is moving into the Chelsea Hotel. Insiders speculated it would be a Tim Horton's and would move into the space formerly occupied by Capitol Fishing Tackle. Now, confirmation and new intel has surfaced.
Gay City News reports: "Chelsea Hotel manager David Elder let slip that a new bakery/coffee shop will be moving in to the landmark building’s ground-floor space...inhabited for years by Dan’s Chelsea Guitars.... Elder would not disclose the name of the tenant or the terms of the lease, but did say that the owners do operate other locations throughout the city."
My inside connection now believes the donut shop will be Mark Israel's Doughnut Plant, which began distributing artisanal donuts to New York City in 1994 via Dean & Deluca and Balducci's. In 2000, they opened shop on Grand Street. Very quickly, lines began to form for their rose petal, passionfruit, and other atypical flavors.
photo: Psychopooch's flickr
Only time will tell whether the rumor is true, and if it will be Tim Horton's, the Doughnut Plant, or another chain (maybe "Lard Lad Donuts"?). One thing I feel pretty comfortable guaranteeing is this--it won't be any of these old-school, spell-it-donut donut shops moving in:
P.S. For those who like to argue spelling, please refer to this Wikipedia on the etymology of "donut."
*Update: The rumor has been confirmed by Time Out.