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Holy Moly Donut Shop Accused of Laundering Drug Money

Plus, El Caribeño Dominican eatery shutters temporarily

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Serena Maria Daniels is the editor for Eater Detroit.

Doughnut shop owner indicted in drug ring

Federal prosecutors say viral sensation build-your-own doughnut spot Holy Moly Donut Shop with its marijuana dispensary-adjacent was a front for a multi-state marijuana ring that used the shop, dispensary and a business that fills ATM machines with cash to launder drug money, the Detroit News reports.

Owner Victor Attisha and two others were indicted in federal court on drug conspiracy, money laundering and other charges. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than $700,000, the News says. In August, a second location for the wildly popular customizable doughnut shop was announced on Seven Mile Road.

El Caribeño shutters indefinitely

Detroit’s only Dominican restaurant El Caribeño — which introduced Detroiters to its array of chicharon-laced mofongo, chuletas and buttery shrimp in 2015 — has announced it will close indefinitely. In a post on Facebook on Sunday, the Southwest Detroit eatery said that the closure is temporary until further notice and told customers to stay tuned for updates on the restaurant’s next venture. Eater has contacted owner Judi Hernandez and will report any other details should they become available. Most recently, El Caribeño was listed as one of the many establishments to participate in the inaugural Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week.

Westin Book Cadillac workers go on strike

Some 160 unionized hospitality workers at the Westin Book Cadillac in Downtown Detroit have gone on strike. The employees at the Marriott-operated hotel voted last month to authorize a strike, after failing to come to an agreement during contract negotiations. The union represents receptionists, housekeepers and food service staff. WXYZ reports that at least a dozen workers were spotted Sunday picketing outside of the hotel downtown.