Donuts & Drafts cafe in Worcester is closing abruptly

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A popular cafe in downtown Worcester abruptly announced its closure on Tuesday.

Donuts & Drafts, located at the corner of Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday announcing that it was now permanently closed.

“We are sorry to say that since October 11, we have closed our cafe. Thank you for all these years of support. You will all be missed,” the post read.

The cafe opened Paris 80s Café in 2013 next to the Palladium, then became just the Paris Café before co-owners Chris Besaw and Gina Migliozzi rebranded the business as Donuts & Drafts in 2018.

In each iteration, the cafe was a popular spot for lawyers and workers at the Worcester Courthouse across the street as well as office workers downtown. It offered coffee, lattes, gourmet sandwiches, and other items before introducing gourmet donuts and liquor.

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The owners gave no immediate reason for the closure on Tuesday. On October 3, the company announced on Facebook that it was opening late due to technical difficulties and later announced that it was only taking cash. The next day, sales on credit resumed.

Foot traffic to many Worcester businesses has not rebounded to full pre-COVID levels, many businesses tell MassLive. Another popular Main Street breakfast and lunch spot, Z Cafe, closed earlier this year, citing a lack of large crowds for the lunch it served before the pandemic. A Japanese restaurant, Oishi, moved in its place.

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