Two years ago the economic strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic closed down Natick’s Honey Dew Donuts at the corner of West Central and Mill Streets, leaving its regulars with empty coffee cups and a donut-sized hole in their hearts. The franchise, which marked its last day of business on June 13, 2020, had been on route 135 for 35 years.
But now, signs of life at the strip mall that’s enjoying something of a revival. During a recent stop at J & D Convenience, we noticed a dumpster across the parking lot, and signs of work going on at the former Honey Dew spot. Because we’re nosy, we strolled over, introduced ourselves, and found out that a major gut renovation has just started in the space, which will be home to a new bakery. Though it looks to be more of a production kitchen than necessarily the sort of place where you can order and hang out with your treasures.
Onsite staff, who weren’t ready to reveal the name of the new place, told us it would be two or three months before the bakery would be ready to open.
Could it open before Asaro Bakery & Cafe, set to do business in Church Square in Wellesley?
Stay Fashion, a women’s clothing boutique opened last month at the shopping plaza, that is now moving toward 100% tenant occupancy.
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