After nearly two decades of baking handmade doughnuts in San Jose, Sunny Donuts will close permanently.
After nearly two decades of baking handmade dooughnuts in San Jose, Sunny Donuts will close permanently.
Sunny Donuts made the announcement Saturday in a Facebook post that indicated its last service day would be Oct. 11. The post cited a loss of revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the closure.
“With COVID-19 and the subsequent drastic drop in sales, it seems to be time to close down and retire,” the message read. “We want to thank you all for your loyalty, patience, and endless support.”
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Its business owners shared a brief story of their humble beginnings before Sunny Donuts began serving San Jose. In the Facebook post, they wrote that they had fled their native Cambodia during the Cambodian genocide from 1975 to 1979.
The couple arrived in the Bay Area in 1982, where they worked at McDonalds and cleaned homes in the Oakland foothills. Eventually, they saved enough money to operate a Dunkin’ Donuts location in San Jose.
“We worked 24/7 until the mid-90’s and then were the last Dunkin Donuts in California until we changed our name to Sunny Donuts in 2001,” the message read.
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Sunny Donuts had been an independently owned mom-and-pop shop at 3605 Union Ave. in San Jose. The owners shared that they had accumulated more than 30 years of experience on their business website.
The closure comes as other Bay Area restaurants and businesses have similarly grappled with financial loss and operational issues amid the pandemic. Earlier this week, Bay Area dessert shop Chantal Guillon also announced it would permanently close after 12 years.