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Paula's Donuts Covid-19 closing leaves hole in fans' hearts

With all of the Covid-19 closings and cancellations announced over the past week, one struck a sugar-coated chord with Western New Yorkers:

Paula's Donuts is temporarily shutting its doors.

The locally based chain that has a devoted following for its peanut sticks, giant Texas doughnuts and specialties such as chocolate chip cookie dough doughnuts said it was closing effective 3 p.m. Friday.

The company on Monday had said that it would close its dining areas but remain open for food and coffee served to go. But by Thursday, Paula's said on Twitter that it was making the difficult decision to close for the foreseeable future.

"It is with great sadness and after much discussion that we have decided to close until further notice. We hope to open back up sooner rather than later, but not before we know it is safe for everyone to return," the company said.

The company on Friday was letting only five customers into its stores at a time and said it would close once inventory ran out.

Paula's has three locations – one in the Town of Tonawanda, one in Clarence and one in West Seneca.

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