Skip to main content

Dunkin' Donuts' return: Twin Cities shop could open by the end of the year


The Twin Cities will soon be runnin' on Dunkin'.

The first metro-area Dunkin' Donuts restaurant is slated to open by the end of the year, the Canton, Massachusetts-based coffee and doughnut chain announced Thursday.

It's one of 10 restaurants planned for the west metro after the company inked a deal with a new franchise group, Legacy Concepts, LLC.

"We are excited to expand the brand's presence in Minnesota and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here," Damon Dranchak of Legacy Concepts said in the release. "We have a passion and loyalty for the Dunkin' Donuts brand and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come."

Dunkin' Donuts left the Minnesota market in 2005, but returned last summer with a location at the Kahler Grand Hotel in Rochester.

Several more outlets are planned for northern Minnesota and western Wisconsin over the next few years. The fist shop – located near the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth – hopes to open in the late spring, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

Construction began on the doughnut shop last month, Northland's NewsCenter said.

Dunkin' Donuts announced in January that it would consider getting into the Twin Cities market, and earlier this month the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reported an unknown franchisee was scouting possible locations throughout the metro area.

The company hopes to compete with Caribou Coffee, Dunn Brothers and McDonalds, the Business Journal noted.

The news was welcomed by some Minnesotans, while others weren't so excited.

Next Up

Eric Kendricks

Vikings-Steelers: 5 things you can count on

After an embarrassing loss to the Lions, can the Vikings get it together?

snow, snowing

Winter storm watch expands north, includes parts of Twin Cities

Everyone in southern Minnesota will want to keep an eye on forecast changes.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

5-year-old boy fatally shot on Thanksgiving identified

Police said a few juveniles at the home were making a social media video when the gun went off.

PAMP travail 1

Pig Ate My Pizza will close at the end of the year.

Its leaders plan to relaunch and "get back to the humble beginnings of Travail."

flickr - criticla care nurses nov 2021

Allina parts ways with 53 of 27,000 employees over vaccine mandate

That's about 0.2% of the health care system's workforce.

US Bank Stadium, Vikings fans

Matthew Coller: How will Vikings fans react on Thursday night?

Will years of disappointment be revealed if the Vikings struggle against the Steelers?

dinner party holidays gathering celebration 1

Health officials encourage getting vaccinated and tested before the holidays

The state has launched a "Celebrate Safely, Minnesota" campaign to make it easier to get tested and vaccinated.

Kjellberg booking photo crop

Charges: Parking dispute, scuffle preceded fatal stabbing

The suspect said he was upset about neighbors and their friends regularly parking on his property.

Dave Hutchinson

Hennepin Co. Sheriff injured in rollover, admits to drinking beforehand

The sheriff, in a statement, called it an "inexcusable decision."

CDC - vaccine band aid

COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in MN dominated by unvaccinated

The latest figures from October show a disproportionate number of deaths among the unvaccinated.

Jaxon Howard

Top MN football recruit Jaxon Howard to announce college decision

He's the son of former Minnesota Viking Willie Howard.

18 wheeler - tractor trailer - semi truck

MN trucking firm that used 'strength tests' to screen out women drivers to pay $500K

The company will pay $500,000 and offer jobs to the women it discriminated against.