Doughnuts aren’t even immune from the market conditions affecting Chicago’s restaurants as Glazed and Infused — the creative doughnut chain that started five years ago — is closing all locations. Locations in Lincoln Park, Fulton Market, and the Loop have already closed while the River North shop will close on Sunday, New Year’s Eve.
The shop brought a new breed of doughnut to Chicago, breaking away from national chains like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts. A Wicker Park pick-up window that closed two years ago allowed hipsters to snack on trendy long johns with bacon and other delights.
Employees were notified on Tuesday without warning or severance: a harsh day-after-Christmas Day greeting. Customers were sent this message on Thursday morning from a doughnut shop rep: “Thank you for five years of incredible support, unfortunately Glazed and Infused is permanently closed.”
Glazed and Infused is part of the Francesca’s Restaurant Group that includes Italian restaurants Davanti Enoteca and the company’s original brand, Mia Francesca. The company, owned by chef Scott Harris, is closing the Davanti Enoteca in River North. That restaurant’s last day will be on December 31, according to restaurant employees. Locations in Little Italy and suburban Western Springs will remain open. Meanwhile, Mia Francesca closed two suburban locations in West Dundee and La Grange on Christmas Eve.
In a statement, Harris didn’t say why exactly he’s closing, only that he’s focusing on his other brands. Read the full statement below:
“After five wonderful years as Chicago’s beloved doughnut concept I have made the decision to close Glazed and Infused. I appreciate all love and support our customers have given us over the years. I’ve decided to focus on my existing full-service restaurant brands and look forward to developing new concepts in the future.”
Harris was once involved in The Purple Pig. He split after a lawsuit with Jimmy Bannos Jr. and Sr., as well as Tony Mantuano. He’s also behind Fat Rosie’s Taco and Tequila Bar in suburban Frankfort.
It’s unknown how Glazed and Infused’s shutter will affect January 28’s Donut Fest. Glazed and Infused was one of the featured vendors, along with Stan’s Donuts, Firecakes, and Doughnut Vault. Again, Glazed and Infused locations at 939 W. Armitage Avenue, 222 N. LaSalle Drive, and 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue have all closed. The location inside the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, 30 E. Hubbard Street, closes on Sunday.