California's First Publicly Available Dunkin' Donuts Opens In... Barstow?!

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Dunkin' Donuts has opened in Barstow.

If you're a native Californian or a transplant from pretty much anywhere west of the Mississippi, this news will be met with a shrug. If you're from the northeast--especially from Boston or New York--you're probably trembling with glee.

Dunkin' Donuts is kind of the In-N-Out of the Northeast, a huge local brand that inspires nostalgia and loyalty from those who grew up with it, while being derided as "just sort of okay and I don't get the hype" by those who didn't.

Dunkin' Donuts has plans to invade the already-saturated California doughnut market in a big way, with hundreds of stores. The first branch opened in 2012 in the Marine Corps Exchange on Camp Pendleton and was so overrun by people with funny accents trying to access those chocolate glazed doughnuts that the Marine Corps had lines at the gate and had to turn people away so they could conduct their business.

It remains to be seen whether Dunkin' Donuts will be able to gain a strong foothold in an area full of hundreds of independently owned doughnut shops that procure their dough from the Cambodian Doughhnut Cartel. Places like Sidecar and Donut Man are probably safe from the Double D Depredations, as are places like Jax Doughnuts in Anaheim, which functions as a community meeting place. Krispy Kreme, beloved in the American South, was mobbed when it first arrived in Southern California, but shut down most of its expanded stores in the face of the recession and the rise of low-carb diets.

The Barstow location is located at 1611 E. Main St. and is well placed for trips to Vegas or wherever it is people go when they take I-40. The first branches in Orange County will be opening in early 2015.

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Chad Macy
Chad Macy

Yep. Around the corner from my first "job." Stale, crappy bars and rancid coffee. mmmmm, can't wait...

Chad Macy
Chad Macy

They used to be here in OC back in the 70's. They sucked then, they suck even worse now.

Dmar
Dmar

As a east coast transplant living here now 11 years i can give you perspective. i can tell you its not about the donuts. Its about the coffee.  Even the biggest DD fans know the donuts suck there just cracked out on the coffee.  You think Starbucks is bad with its cult following double that when it comes to DD coffee. 

Shawn Davis Schriner
Shawn Davis Schriner

wtf? well, the original Del Taco is in Barstow and the best tasting, if that's possible. And I gotta say, had Duncan Donuts in NY and their coffee is way better than Starbucks. Plus they have donuts!

Ron Kirchner
Ron Kirchner

Would you people on the West Coast please send us an In-N-Out Burger to the Chicago suburbs? I would happily trade all of our Dunkin' Donuts for just 1 In-N-Out Burger restaurant.

Ron Kirchner
Ron Kirchner

Dunkin' Donuts are not very good. There are so many good donut stores in So. Cal. that I don't see how Dunkin' Donuts can compete.

Michelle Lau Reynoso
Michelle Lau Reynoso

My dad used to bring home DD's in the 80s. It was "just ok". I'd love to see a Tim Horton's in Cali!

Ro Hart
Ro Hart

yep - I remember DD around So Cal too.

Ro Hart
Ro Hart

eh. Ok. Another donut shop chain. Yay.

David Tanaka
David Tanaka

The Cambodians got the OC Donut thing tied down!

Erin Thompson Wetzel
Erin Thompson Wetzel

Tony Wetzel & Lauren Coatsworth dirtbike season just got ten times better WOO HOO!!!! Dunkin Donuts!!!!

Staci Williams
Staci Williams

There is 1 Dunkin Donuts in california on Camp Pendelton. I've been there

Eric Duncan
Eric Duncan

I can't wait to open my own franchise in Cali!

Rafa Yanto
Rafa Yanto

Casey, guess you can stop on your way to Vegas? lol

Jack Danno
Jack Danno

no thanks. I'll stick with the korean donut/water/cigarette stores

Ludmirer Moyd
Ludmirer Moyd

They lied to me and said they sold blue coffee.

Ludmirer Moyd
Ludmirer Moyd

Yeah no I'm not trembling w glee. I don't want Duncan donuts to monopolize California too.

boadicea
boadicea

@Ro Hart I remember DD in La Habra (Imperial/Idaho) and Buena Park (Beach/Stage Rd)

i.romero
i.romero

@Ro Hart Right?  I don't understand this article.  Growing up near city of Industry there was always a DD there... how is this news?  Did I just transport to a parallel universe where DD has never been in Cali?   It's either that, or this story is missing some key points.

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