Keen eyes alerted us to another fallen business on 45th Street: Winchell’s. We got this note from an anonymous tipster yesterday morning:
Any word on Winchells closing or are they just having a bad day? I walk by there twice a day to & from the bus but never pay much attention as I’m not that into donuts. This morning, I noticed two guys peeking in the window and this caught my attention so I glanced in to see a semi-dark interior and completely empty racks. Also, the “Open 24 hours a day” sign caught my attention.
As luck would have it, later that afternoon, as we were waited for our Rancho Bravo fix, we spied three men emerging from the darkened, donut-less interior. One of them turned out to be Brian Peeples, the owner.
Yes, indeed, he confirmed, this Winchell’s is closed for good. Apparently, the property had been sold to a third-party who was planning a different shop on the location, but the contract soured. The buyer is now seeking to back-out, despite having already paid a 50% deposit on the sale. The sudden change caused the sudden closure, for which Brian was apologetic: “I’m really sorry we weren’t able to give our regular patrons more notice.”