Dunkin' Donuts Opening: Santa Monica, You're Up First (and Soon)

The much-anticipated doughnut debut gets an early September date.

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    Are you ready, sweet-loving citizens of Santa Monica? The first Dunkin' Donuts debuts at 1132 Wilshire Boulevard on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

    The future is often described as "hazy." We can't see into it, we don't know what's to come, and we all need to cool our heels on the guessing/speculating/prognosticating.

    But the future, at least Southern California's future, could definitely be described these days as "glaze-y," as in a delicious tasty glaze atop the perfect cake donut. The highly anticipated Dunkin' Donut "full expression" locations are on their way -- four in all -- with the first to open ahead of 2015, which was an early prediction from the Massachusetts-based company.

    But dunk this official announcement in your coffee, SoCalers: The first regional shop throws the doors open at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 1132 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. There shall ribbon-cutting. There shall be giveaways. The first 100 people to queue up get a special tote bag. Mascots Cuppy and Sprinkles'll be in the house.

    And the first person in line? Hoo boy, prepare yourself: They'll nab free coffee for one year.

    Seriously, is someone already lining up? Sunscreen and comfy chair and all? People are devoted to that brew, for sure.

    "The new Santa Monica franchise will be operated by Gary Haar, an experienced Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins operator for more than 10 years, and his business partner Steve Silverstein," says the company.

    Dunkin' Donuts made the official announcement on Friday, Aug. 22, which'll give enthusiasts, the curious, and locally based New Englanders a week-and-a-half to get stoked for the kremes, excited for jelly donuts, mad for muffins.

    But people are pretty dang excited already. The doughnut-a-terium, which jumped into the pastry-making business back in 1950, has long been one of the food "gets" for the Golden State.

    Fans wanted it to head west something fierce.

    So hang tight, fans, because the future is glaze-y: Three more SoCal shops shall follow Santa Monica, in the months ahead, including outposts in Whittier, Downey, and Long Beach. Oh, and one in Modesto, too, so hello, friends up the 99.

    Munchkins for the holidays, right? Who's with us on that? Donut devotees, near and far? Yep. The day of Dunkin' has arrived, SoCal.

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