Call it the curse of the bombolini: Zeke’s DC Donutz is going through another shift since changing its unintentionally controversial name before opening day. Despite reports that the shop at 2029 P Street has shuttered, owner Aaron Gordon says the closing is temporary, and that the retro doughnut spot may open again, in either its current space or another.
“It’s about a 50/50 chance right now whether we could reopen, or find another location,” says Gordon.
The reason for the locked doors is that the basement-level storefront isn’t equipped for a standard kitchen hood above its fryers—one of its uses is to help eliminate odors—and the current ventless system isn’t doing a good enough job distancing neighbors from the scent of freshly fried dough. The Zeke’s team is still in the process of investigating a possible solution and hasn’t yet sought out other spaces, but Gordon says he’d like to stay in the Dupont or Logan Circle areas. Stay tuned.