The Dominique Ansel Bakery is open again after temporarily being shut down by the New York Department of Health.
The New York bakery that invented the Cronut, the wildly
popular hybrid pastry, reopened its doors today, three days
after the health department closed it because of a "severe
About 50 customers lined up at Dominique Ansel Bakery in
Lower Manhattan's SoHo neighbourhood to buy the
croissant-doughnut mix creations, undeterred by an earlier
online video of a mouse scurrying through the shop.
It was the video that prompted city health officials to close
the bakery on Friday because of "a severe mouse infestation,"
said a spokesperson for the New York City Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene in an email.
The shop passed inspection on Monday, and customers didn't
seem too worried about the pests.
"It's New York," said Marcin Gorski, 22, waiting in line in
the morning before the shop opened. "A little mouse isn't
going to stop me."
He said he sometimes sneaked out of work to buy one of the
cream-filled round Cronuts with flaky layers and a glaze
The Cronut was launched in May 2013 and quickly became "the
most virally talked about dessert item in history," according
to the bakery's website. Line-sitters were charging people
too busy to wait up to $50 for the $5 pastry, the New York
Post reported at the time.
French chef Ansel, the bakery's owner, addressed the morning
crowd, saying that while the closure was a setback, the shop
would recover like Rocky Balboa, the legendary film boxer.
"The theme is Rocky," Ansel said. "It's about you take a hit,
you go down, but you come back up stronger. And we keep
Although other bakeries around the city have produced their
own versions of the Cronut, dozens of faithful customers
still waited in line on Tuesday for a taste of the authentic
A Florida couple, Phillip and Sierra Olivares, said they had
placed an order two weeks earlier and were picking up the
treat on the last stop of their New York vacation before
heading to the airport to go back to Orlando.
"Oh my gosh, it's so good," said Sierra Olivares after taking
a bite. "I'm so glad we did this."