Just today came news that Dunkin' Donuts is planning 1,000 units in California, a total invasion of fried carbs. And here now, a tipster writes in to say that construction workers were prepping the old HairCutters' spot on the corner of 12th and Wilshire in Santa Monica for a "Dunkin' Donuts." Word from PR flacks confirms that this will indeed be the first location of the East Coast-based donut chain in Los Angeles, opening before the end of 2014.
In addition to the franchise expansions across the Golden State, Dunkin' Donuts is planning to produce full service restaurants that offer non-breakfast, savory sandwich options. But they're not "lunch," per se, says CEO Nigel Travis: "We're not moving into lunch. We're in snacking. We never talk about lunch."
No word on whether this operation in Santa Monica will be one of those full service models but based on the size, it's more likely to be a standard-issue donut and coffee shop. DK's might have some competition coming its way.
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