Dominique Ansel, world class pastry chef and OG cronut creator, is sadly waving goodbye to London.
Just months after launching a new London venture, Dominique Ansel is set to close both his Belgravia bakery and his beautiful Treehouse restaurant in Covent Garden, which only opened in February this year.
The UK lockdown saw the Treehouse close its doors back in March, and it is now confirmed that they will not reopen. The Dominique Ansel Bakery—which remained open for takeaway and has recently reopened for dine-in customers—will shut at the end of August. So, Londoners, you better make the most of the final month if you’re a fan of those jaw-dropping cronuts—and even more so if you’re yet to try them!
Trade title Big Hospitality revealed the news this morning (July 30). A spokesperson from Dominique Ansel’s New York team told the publication: “Unfortunately, our licensee has told us that, in light of the ongoing restrictions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, they do not think it will be possible to continue to operate either location profitably.”
Cronuts, a beautiful croissant-doughnut blend that will be sorely missed by London’s foodies, have been around in London since 2016, when Ansel opened his bakery in Belgravia. We sincerely hope that Ansel will bring them back to the city one day.