Center Cut Doughnuts in Hampden to Close for Good this Weekend

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Photo via Center Cut Doughnuts/Facebook

It was a quick 10 months for Hampden’s newest doughnut shop.

Sunday, Nov. 26, will be Center Cut Doughnuts’ final operating day, the shop’s owners revealed yesterday. Josh and Shannon Kowitz, who own the store at 3528 Chestnut Avenue, left a note on Facebook announcing the shutdown.

“We have bittersweet news to share with you,” they wrote. “We have decided to move on to other opportunities that will be better for our family. These words cannot convey the amount of appreciation we have for every single customer we’ve ever served. We loved serving you and having you all in.”

“It was a great year!” they continued. “Fear not, you guys will be in for a treat soon.”

The couple opened their shop only this past January, taking over the space vacated by B. Doughnut, which left Hampden for Northern Virginia. They’d previously been serving dishing their doughnuts from a stand at the nearby Hampden Farmer’s Market.

With a well-decorated brick-and-mortar spot and an adventurous appetite for recipes, they gained a local following and forged collaborations with neighboring businesses, including The Charmery and Bazaar. They also broke the mold by offering non-dessert dishes, including breakfast sandwiches, knishes and even doughnut-wrapped hot dogs.

“I’m really looking to open up the world of doughnuts,” Josh told Baltimore Fishbowl just before his opening day last winter.

Center Cut plans to hold a going-away party on Sunday, in case you’d like to drop by to send them off.

And if you’re upset about North Baltimore losing yet another doughnut shop, here’s a reason to simmer down: As the Kowitzes hinted, another store will be taking over the space.

Full Circle, self-described as “an artisan palace” for doughnuts, will open next month in the same Chestnut Avenue storefront — and they seem aggressively happy about it, based on their Instagram bio.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan is Baltimore Fishbowl's associate editor. He previously covered Baltimore-area news as a web producer for Fox45/WBFF-TV. Before arriving in Baltimore, he worked as an assistant editor for CQ Researcher in Washington D.C., and a reporter for Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. Look for his freelance bylines in Baltimore City Paper and DCist.
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