weather icon Windy

‘Tanked’ star Brett Raymer closes Las Vegas donut business

Donut Mania was not open for business on Monday, and its future appears uncertain.

The chain abruptly ceased operations Sunday at all four of its locations in the Las Vegas Valley.

The closure was confirmed Sunday night by owner Brett Raymer, who starred in the popular Animal Planet reality show “Tanked.” Raymer was at the Donut Mania location on South Durango Drive about an hour before its scheduled 9 p.m. closing time, overseeing the shuttering of the location.

Donut Mania’s parent company was recently sued by Pinkbox Doughnuts LLC for allegedly using that company’s trade secrets and intellectual property to copy various doughnuts, including some in the shape of a poo emoji.

Raymer would not directly address how the decision to close might be related to the lawsuit. But when asked about the future of the chain, he stated that “negotiations with regard to the lawsuit are ongoing, but as for now Donut Mania is closed.”

In a 2018 article in the Review-Journal, Raymer said he had plans for 10 more stores in the next year.

Contact Al Mancini at amancini@reviewjournal.com. Follow @AlManciniVegas on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Top 10 things to do in Las Vegas this week

NASCAR weekend, the Dave Matthews Band and a documentary about the Historic Westside top the entertainment lineup for the week of March 1-7.