So very many doughnuts are coming. The global doughnut and coffeehouse chain has set sights on San Diego as part of its significant California-wide expansion efforts. Burton Restaurants, LLC, a disabled veteran-owned and operated local business, is the franchisee for the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at Camp Pendleton and shared with Eater that it is committed to opening at least 14 stores in the area over the next eight years.
First up is National City (2139 E Plaza Blvd.), which will be the home to the first standalone, drive-thru Dunkin’ Donuts in San Diego County. The 2,100-square-foot store, which is scheduled to grand open on Tuesday, December 6, will feature the largest Dunkin’ Donuts sign west of the Mississippi.
Through a rep, Burton Restaurants, LLC says that it is continuing to search for real estate opportunities and landlord partners in the San Diego area while moving forward with eight already-identified sites, including Point Loma, Downtown San Diego on Broadway, NAS North Island, and El Cajon. The franchisee has also taken over the Dunkin’ Donuts location at Embassy Suites San Diego Bay - Downtown, where it’s training new staff and introducing new product offerings.