Rendering of the new Dunkin’ Donuts store planned for Washington Street in Quincy Point. The shop will be one of the first to use the new Dunkin’ concept, which emphasizes coffee and beverages. Rendering courtesy Victor Carvalho.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Quincy is home to the first Dunkin’ Donuts, and by the end of the year the city could be home to one of the first Dunkin’ shops – a new concept from the chain that puts an emphasis on coffee and other beverages while downplaying doughnuts.
The Board of License Commissioners on Tuesday approved a common victualler license for the new Dunkin’ store, which will open at 588 Washington St. in Quincy Point, formerly home to a Wild Willy’s burger restaurant. The Zoning Board of Appeals gave its approval to the proposed new store Aug. 8.
Franchisee Victor Carvalho said the plan is to open the new location around Dec. 1. The Carvalhos currently operate nine Dunkin’ Donuts in the area – six in Quincy, two in Weymouth and one in Hingham – including the original Dunkin’ Donuts on Southern Artery, the one at the corner of Southern Artery and Washington Street, and one on Bridge Street in Weymouth at the foot of the Fore River Bridge. There are presently no plans to shutter any of those three locations despite their proximity to the new store, Carvalho said.
Ed Fleming, the attorney representing the Carvalhos before the licensing board, said the Canton-based chain is excited about the new concept and wanted Quincy to have one of the first locations. Dunkin’ Donuts first opened in the city in 1950.
“Dunkin’ is very excited about this new brand. The goal is to create an on-the-go beverage service – a real concentration on the on-the-go and the beverage service aspect of their business,” Fleming said. “We talk about this new brand coming online, there was no question that Dunkin’ wanted it to start in Quincy since its initial store also started in Quincy.”
In addition to the new Dunkin’ branding, the location at 588 Washington St. will be the first store to feature a four-lane drive through. Two of the lanes will features kiosks where customers can order and pay for their food and drink, one lane will be for customers who placed an order ahead of time through Dunkin’ Donuts’ smartphone app, and the fourth lane will be a conventional one with orders placed through a speaker.
The four lanes will converge into a single pick up window. Signals will be installed at the drive through to control the flow of customers to the pick up window.
The site will have 31 parking spaces, room for up to 17 vehicles in the drive-through lanes, and the restaurant will have 10 seats inside.
Fleming said most of the customers headed to the store would be drivers headed northbound along Route 3A as part of their morning commute to Boston; the shop is located on the northbound side of the road. Carvalho expects to capture some of the drivers who don’t stop at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Bridge Street, which sits on a smaller lot with less room in the drive through.
The Dunkin’ restaurant will occupy 1,800 square feet of the 3,800 square foot building on site. Fleming said another undetermined retailer would take over the rest of the facility.
The licensing board permitted the new restaurant to operate between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week. Ward 2 Councillor Brad Croall, in a letter to the board, asked that the store close at 9 p.m. to allay concerns about noise from nearby residents.
“I’d like to begin by expressing the fact that the Carvalho group are extremely competent operators who have a solid track record owning and operating Dunkin’ Donuts shops throughout the city of Quincy and quite frankly they’re good guys,” Croall said.
“I did host a neighborhood meeting and this application has moved through the ZBA up to this point. What I’m wondering and asking for the board to consider is an earlier close time of 9 p.m. versus 10 p.m. I think this action would go a long way with the neighbors who directly abut the property.”
The board approved the license in a 4-1 vote. City Clerk Nicole Crispo voted against the license, saying she would have preferred the earlier closing time.
“I think you run a very good business here, but I do think that the 9 o’clock closeout would be best – then the employees would be leaving around 10 – for the people in the neighborhood,” she said. “I think the concept is great. I wish you success, but I think 9 o’clock would have been better.”
Health Commissioner Drew Scheele and Inspectional Services Director Jay Duca, the board’s chairman and vice chairman, respectively, said the closing time could be revisited if it does prove problematic in the future.