Dunkin’ Donuts continues its Southern California expansion with the grand opening of a new San Diego location on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in National City. The restaurant, located at 2139 E. Plaza Boulevard, will mark the county’s first standalone Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru and will be home to the largest Dunkin’ Donuts sign west of the Mississippi River. This addition to the greater San Diego area will offer the restaurant’s full array of signature menu items including fresh brewed coffee and iced beverages, baked goods and sandwiches.
To celebrate the grand opening with local residents, the new Dunkin' Donuts will offer free samples, giveaways and photo opportunities with Cuppy, the brand’s joyful mascot. The first guest in both the drive-thru and walk-in lines will receive $250 in Dunkin’ Donuts cards, while the initial 50 brand loyalists to walk through the doors will be rewarded with a Dunkin’ Donuts travel mug and $2 DD Perks card. Additionally, National City’s community leaders will be present to join the celebration and welcome Dunkin’ Donuts to the neighborhood during a ceremonial ribbon cutting, taking place at 11am.
The National City location is owned and operated by disabled veteran-owned business, Burton Restaurants, LLC. Franchisee Talisin Burton and operators Gregory Dono, Daniel Gomes and Frank Garner are all retired or current members of the Marine Corps with prior deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and together have served over 60 years of active duty. San Diego based Burton Restaurants also owns and operates four additional Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar, Balboa Naval Hospital and recently purchased the downtown store at Embassy Suites.
“We have seen a great response to the changes we have made at the Embassy Suites location and we look forward to becoming a part of National City with this milestone location,” said Talisin Burton. “Our team hopes to not only provide local residents the world-class customer service and high-quality offerings synonymous with Dunkin’ Donuts, but also our sustained support and partnership of the local community.”
Dunkin’ Donuts and Burton Restaurants will carry its commitment to improving the neighborhoods it serves by presenting a donation to A Reason to Survive during the grand opening ceremony. In addition to the monetary donation, Burton Restaurants will collaborate with the organization on a mural outside the new restaurant. The franchisee group has also recently established a long-term partnership with the Travis Manion Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. Together with the Travis Manion Foundation, Burton Restaurants will dedicate each of its stores to a fallen service member. Most recently, they held a dedication ceremony for the Camp Pendleton store in the name of Captain Kevin Kryst. They honor the fallen veteran and all those service members who have given their lives by presenting a donation to a charity of the service member’s choice on the day of the dedication, and annually on the service member’s birthday.
As part of the DD Green Achievement program, created to further sustainability efforts in Dunkin’ Donuts establishments across the country, the restaurant will include energy-efficient atmospheric LED lights, high-performance windows and low-flow faucets. The National City restaurant is Dunkin’ Donuts’ first DD Green Achievement location in California to feature a new design, partially powered by solar panels.