Wednesday, June 22 marks the opening of the Bay Area’s first Dunkin’ Donuts, located in the serene backdrop of Walnut Creek. The opening of the popular East Coast chain caused quite a stir among Bay Area transplants, who lined up in the wee hours of the morning for a taste of home. To get the scoop, your humble editor ventured into the dark, June morning to see what the fuss was all about — here are seven things we learned at the opening of Dunkin’ Donuts. (Check it out for yourself live on our Facebook page, or on snapchat @eatersf).
1. People have been waiting "forever."
Seriously, some of the more hardcore line-waiters said they’d been waiting 10 or 15 years for one to open in the area. They’ll be pleased to know that 26 more are planned for the region, including one in San Francisco.
2. Fans have their orders down.
Most people, when asked, could quickly rattle off their standard order. One man’s pro order is six doughnuts: three Boston kremes, one jelly-filled, two coconuts (one light, one dark).
3. Boston kreme is the clear favorite .
Almost everyone planned to order this popular treat, which is DD’s top-seller.
4. The Dunkin’ Donuts mascot is named Cuppy, and he’s got major dance skills.
We assume that he has iced coffee running through his veins, so this makes sense.
5. The crew expects to serve 1,000 dozen doughnuts (12,000!) on opening day.
It’s definitely time to make the doughnuts, guys.
6. That cute photo of a baby and a doughnut hanging inside is of franchisee Matt Cobo’s baby.
It’s a family affair.
7. While DD’s fancy coffee drinks are hyped up, most people say they order regular hot or iced coffee.
Hazelnut was a close second, though.
Dunkin’ Donuts is now open at 1250 Newell Ave., from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.