When Palo Alto's Happy Donuts abruptly announced its closure last week, fans feared the end of an era. But now they can rejoice. The doughnut shop will reopen under new management starting this Thursday, June 12.
New operator Dan Lu said he has owned the shop at 3916 El Camino Real for some time. Lu's daughter Ling and son John ran the shop. When they left to go to college, Lu leased the store to former employees Gerald Pak and Soknea Hort, who knew how to make the doughnuts the Happy Donuts way, he said.
But the two families couldn't come to a new lease agreement, so Lu is back to running the store again, he said. Customers can expect the same recipes and the same 24/7 service, he added.
"We will have a quality doughnut and very clean upgrades. We may change the food menu a bit to have a better product," he said.
Lu has been in the doughnut business for many years, starting in Los Angeles in 1983, he said. His family still runs a doughnut shop in Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County.
Lu also runs another Happy Donuts across from AT&T Park in San Francisco. Happy Donuts shops throughout the region are individually owned and operated. Lu purchased his shop in Palo Alto from the firm's original owner, Joe Carouba, he said.
Lu said he does not own the 3916 El Camino building.
Hort and Pak will operate another Happy Donuts in San Jose, they said.