Whether you like your desserts shaped as rings or spheres, you and your sweet tooth might be disappointed if you were planning to indulge in West Hollywood.
Two local pastry-makers, Plops Cakeballs and Glazed Donut Bistro, have posted signs in their windows announcing that they are closed.
For Glazed, the closure comes just seven months after the opening of the “artisan” donut shop that billed its wares as “donuts for grownups” on Santa Monica Boulevard near Palm. At first, it was overwhelmed with customers eager to try sweet and savory doughnuts. But the shop left a sour taste in the mouths of some—especially former employees.
Some former employees reached out to WEHOville.com with a host of complaints, including: that the “artisan” (aka “handmade”) donuts sometimes were mass-produced frozen donuts defrosted in the back of the shop before being served to unsuspecting customers; that the temperature in the kitchen was too high and that food wasn’t stored safely; and that owner Harry Ben-Zvi made homophobic remarks. One ex-employee said he filed complaints with agencies such as Cal-OSHA and the LA County Department of Public Health. The health department confirmed that a complaint was filed on June 6, with an inspection following on June 10 that did not find evidence of any of the alleged violations. In an e-mail response to questions from WEHOville.com, Ben-Zvi previously denied the allegations of homophobic behavior.
As for Plops, the purveyor of round mini-cakes opened on Santa Monica Boulevard near Huntley in the fall of 2013. In August, owner Joon Paik told CBS Los Angeles that “a product like ours or some new innovative products need to come to the market to take [the] place” of cupcakes, which were losing ground as the dessert du jour.
On Tuesday, Plops posted a Facebook status and a Tweet that said: “Thanks for supporting us over the last year. It is with regret, that we say farewell at the current time. Best Wishes from all at Plops Cake Balls.”