A month ago, The Boston Globe named Verna’s Coffee & Donut Shop one of the area’s 13 best places to consume everyone’s favorite pastry-with-a-hole-in-the-middle. On Wednesday, the shop was closed. According to the Constables Office of Massachusetts, the reason was failure to pay rent. A sign on the door says “seized” in bold letters, and calls to the store were answered with a Verizon message stating that the number is out of service.

Verna’s is a longtime neighborhood favorite. It originally opened in Cambridge in 1951, moving to its most recent location in 1974. The Mass. Ave. pastry shop almost went out of business once before. After it announced it would close in 2006, current owner Richard Brunet stepped in to save the day. “Continuity is important. We weren’t closed for one day,” he said in a 2007 Globe story. “I’m trying to hold on and recapture some of the past.”


Verna’s was known for its old-school atmosphere and classics such as the “Honey Tip,” a honey-glazed named for the neighborhood’s most famous politician, Thomas P. O’Neill. The world’s reaction to the news can be summed up in one word: “Nooooooo!”

Are our old-timey doughnut shops endangered? Act now before it’s too late.

John Paul Stapleton can be reached at john.stapleton@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnP_Stapleton