The grand opening of Dunkin’ Donuts in American Canyon was a success this morning (Oct. 26, 2016). Guests started lining up at 1:00 a.m. in the standing line and midnight in the drive-thru line. When doors opened at 5:00 a.m., there were about 100 people in line, all of whom received refillable Dunkin’ Donuts cups and $2 DDPerks gift cards.
The first people in the standing and drive-thru lines each received $100 gift cards. The next four people in each line received $50 gift cards. James Camerino and Eric Andal of Vallejo were the first guests in the drive-thru line; Stephanie Grant, also from Vallejo, was the first guest in the standing line.
While most Dunkin’ Donuts grand openings attract die-hard fans – most of whom originally hail from the East Coast – Stephanie Grant had never even been to a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant. Rather, she heard about the opening on Facebook and decided to check it out for herself. She was not disappointed.
A few nurses from Sonoma Valley Hospital arrived shortly after doors opened to treat themselves to coffee and donuts after their night shift. They said they’d be making this a regular stop.
The American Canyon Army Recruiting Center came to help pass out samples and support the ribbon cutting. American Canyon Mayor Leon Garcia also joined the ceremony to welcome the new business to the area. The franchisee, Nick Bhatt of Shiva Developments, presented a $1,000 check to the Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley – an initial donation to the group’s fundraising campaign to build a new clubhouse in American Canyon.
The American Canyon restaurant is Dunkin’ Donuts’ third Bay Area location, following Walnut Creek (opened June 8, 2016) and Half Moon Bay (opened August 8, 2016). This is the company’s seventh location in Northern California, joining restaurants in Tracy, Modesto, Folsom, Roseville, Walnut Creek and Half Moon Bay.
Dunkin’ Donuts has plans to open more than 300 restaurants across California in the coming years, dozens of which will be in the Bay Area. At this time, there are more than 30 restaurant locations across the state of California.
Dunkin’ Donuts originally entered the Bay Area in the 1990s, but eventually closed its stores. Since then, the brand has evolved from a coffee-and-donut shop into a restaurant with expanded menu offerings, including breakfast sandwiches available all-day, a wider range of coffee and expresso beverages, Smoothies, Coolatta frozen drinks, Cold Brew coffee, muffins, bagels and croissants, among other menu items.