Dunkin' Donuts Still Far from San Francisco; New England Refugees Lament

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Amazing news broke today that Dunkin' Donuts, the Massachusetts-based purveyor of extremely decent coffee and glazed foods, will be making a foray into the Golden State. It's difficult to understate how strongly New Englanders feel about Dunkin' Donuts. There's a shop on every corner; when on the Eastern Seaboard, one hardly feels the chain's motto, "America Runs on Dunkin' Donuts," is an exaggeration.

Along with candlepin bowling and giving directions using landmarks ("You'll see the big tree in about 200 yaaaaahds; take a right"), there's a place for Dunkin' in every New Englander's heart.

So it will pain local delegates of Red Sox Nation to learn that Dunkin' is still far from San Francisco. The chain will soon be opening franchises in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Orange counties -- but not here. You can find a Dunkin' in Aruba, New Zealand, or the United Arab Emirates, but not in San Francisco.

"I have fond memories of Dunkin' Donuts," says lawyer Greg Groeneveld, an officer with the city's Harvard Club. "Especially when I was trying to study late and stay awake. It was a great place to go and drink lots of coffee."

Groeneveld pledged to poll his fellow Harvard Club board members at their forthcoming Tuesday meeting about their state of emotion with regards to Dunkin' being so far, far from here. He described his own position as "displeased."

We eagerly await Groeneveld's report on the Harvard Club's emotional condition vis-a-vis Dunkin' distance.

Update, 4 p.m.: Boston native and three-time Harvard graduate (B.A., J.D., Kennedy School of Government) Supervisor David Chiu admits "I was a huge fan of Dunkin' Donuts growing up, and had more than my share."

He recalls a humorous elementary school interlude in which "I vaguely recall a box of a dozen Dunkin' Donuts. And I don't know if I ate the whole dozen, but I ate an awful lot. And I got sick." This, he notes, occurred during an unsupervised moment.

Asked if he'd welcome his favorite business of yesteryear to the city, he answers pragmatically. "If a San Francisco neighborhood wanted to bring in a Dunkin' Donuts, I'd have no objection to that."

It depends on the neighborhood. Unlike the youthful Chiu, San Francisco neighborhoods are supervised.

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Mary Littlelamb
Mary Littlelamb

Best coffee ever. I am back in Florida now where they are on every corner. But when I live in San Francisco and Los Angeles it's fact that there was no Dunkin Donuts. You are all in for a treat. I don't like their donuts though. May I suggest extra cream regular sugar

Ace Fantahun
Ace Fantahun

...starbucks over dunkin anyday...its kinda like gas station coffee nd mcdonolds put together. Mcnasty

Paul Varga
Paul Varga

SOUTHERN California, not northern.

Kevin Tyler Muncy
Kevin Tyler Muncy

I'd rather go to a local spot like Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop to get my old fashioned chocolate goodness... : ) No thanks on the Dunkin' Donuts!


Does California really need or want Dunkin Donuts, the franchise is owned by Bain Capital and the Caryle Group??

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