America runs on it. Massachusetts can’t get enough of it. And Boston has become famous for it. Dunkin’ is the coffee shop OG. Did you know the very first shop was set up in Quincy, Massachusetts? It’s still there today. You can pop in, get your regular iced, and park where a 1950 Chevy Belair may well have once been parked. Have you been to the Original Dunkin? 13 fun facts about Massachusetts’ favorite brand are laid out here for you to drink in and share.
But let’s go back to where it all began, at 543 Southern Artery in Quincy. It was 1948 and a caterer by the name of Caterer William Rosenberg started a business that served coffee and donuts to Quincy locals. He originally named it Open Kettle. In 1950 Rosenberg changed the name to Dunkin’ Donuts and the rest is sweet and tasty history. (news.dunkindonuts.com and Eat This Not That)
But there is so much more to it than that. There are munchkins of insights and fun facts to explore here. Ben Affleck would appreciate this. I have personal history with the brand, as my father served in a pivotal role for the company, when they were based in Randolph. He served as Senior VP of Marketing Operation at Dunkin’ Donuts. He helped to launch Dunkin’ Munchins! And here I am today, writing about the brand we all know, love and have grown up “running on.”
Now, what I want to know is…have you been to the original Dunkin? 13 fun facts about Massachusetts favorite brand are about to unfold. I’ll pour it for you now.