Editor's Note: We incorrectly reported that the Dunkin' Donuts opening in Walnut Creek was the first one to debut in the Bay Area. Thanks to our viewers, we were alerted to the fact that there used to be a Dunkin' Donuts in San Jose a long time ago. We reached out to Dunkin' Donuts corporate PR who confirmed that there was a Dunkin' Donuts at 3605 Union Ave. We have updated our story accordingly.
Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to the Bay Area in spring, a spokesperson for the east coast doughnut chain confirmed. The company plans to open the restaurant at 1250 Newell Avenue in Walnut Creek, Michelle King with Dunkin' Brands Global Public Relations said.
"The restaurant will be owned and operated by our franchisee, Golden Gate Restaurant Group, LLC," King said. "We can't wait to serve guests in the Bay Area our brand's wide range of high-quality coffees, espresso beverages, sandwiches and baked goods."
The Walnut Creek restaurant will not be the Bay Area's first Dunkin' Donuts, King confirmed. There used to be a Dunkin' Donuts restaurant located at 3605 Union Ave. in San Jose (at the interscetion of Camden), which originally opened on Nov. 26, 1973. Dunkin' Donuts does not have the date of the store closure in its historic records.
The popular chain, which describes itself as "America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods," had a small presence in California in the late 1990s, and re-entered the market once again with one location in Sacramento in August 2002. The locations closed because "the time wasn’t right for the brand and the infrastructure didn’t exist to grow and expand in the state," King said.
As of January 2016, there are 24 Dunkin' Donuts locations in California, including San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties.