Industry News | March 10, 2014

Dunkin’, Baskin-Robbins Open Cobrand in San Diego Hotel

Dunkin’ Donuts along with its sister brand Baskin-Robbins will celebrate the grand opening of a combination restaurant in San Diego at The Embassy Suites San Diego Bay-Downtown at 601 Pacific Highway on Monday, March 10, 2014.  The opening marks the debut of the first non-traditional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in San Diego County and the third non-traditional location in the state of California.

To commemorate the grand opening at the hotel, the restaurant will be giving the first 100 guests free Dunkin’ Donuts travel mugs, which can be used for 99-cent coffee refills during future visits. Additionally, throughout March, the restaurant will offer a 20 percent military discount on both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins purchases for active and retired members of the military with a valid ID.

The new San Diego combination Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurant, centrally located inside the lobby of the hotel, will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The restaurant will serve Dunkin' Donuts’ wide-variety of coffee, baked goods sandwiches and snacks plus Baskin-Robbins’ ice cream, ice cream cakes, and frozen beverages.

"We are very pleased to have Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins inside our hotel, and we hope the combination shop will become a popular destination for hotel guests, local area patrons and visitors looking for coffee, snacks, and ice cream,” says Brian Murphy, general manager of The Embassy Suites San Diego Bay-Downtown.  “There has been a lot of excitement and buzz over the past few months in the Southern California community about this opening, and we are thrilled this day has finally arrived.”

Partnerships with lodging properties are a continued focus for Dunkin’ Brands’ growth, and opportunities exist with Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins individually or as combination units.  Flexible design options are available to suit any lodging facility, including full retail restaurants, kiosks, and self-serve hot coffee stations perfect for gift shops and general stores. Dunkin’ Donuts or Baskin-Robbins can also be designed to suit specific areas such as snack bars and convention registration areas. Dunkin' Donuts' bakery products can be prepared in the property's own kitchen, with the addition of some simple equipment, giving the food and beverage team flexibility to manage product inventory in accordance with guest traffic.

“Today is an exciting day for Dunkin’ Brands as this opening represents the power of our two brands coming together in California to further expand our presence in the lodging industry,” says Grant Benson, CFE and vice president of global franchising and business development for Dunkin’ Brands.  “We are excited to partner with the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay to open the first non-traditional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in San Diego County, and we look forward to serving the hotel guests and San Diego locals high-quality coffee, snacks, and ice cream treats served in a fast, friendly and fun environment.”

Since opening California for Dunkin’ Donuts franchise development last year, the company has executed store development agreements for more than 150 new freestanding restaurants. Franchise opportunities still remain available for both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins throughout Central and Northern California, and portions of Southern California.

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