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San Diego’s First Dunkin’ Donuts Mobbed by Munchkins Fans

This was yesterday.

This was yesterday.Photo: Toby Boucher

There were already seven people in line at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, two hours before the city's first Dunkin' Donuts was scheduled to open inside the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay-Downtown. The store is one of 149 more set to colonize the largely Dunkin-free West Coast during the next few years, and despite the fact that the grand opening incentive coffee giveaway ended with the 101st customer sometime after 8 a.m., customers kept queuing up. "They have so many doughnut flavors," one newscaster gushed, as the camera panned through the crowd. "I honestly don't know where to begin."

U-T San Diego even posted a half-serious, mostly tongue-in-cheek guide to surviving the line at the Dunkin', which isn't even open 24 hours a day and is instead some kind of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. operation. The area is already home to several esteemed doughnut shops, so presumably the enthusiastic response to the chain is one part because of its novelty and another owing to East Coast expat fans. In any case, the allure of 64-ounce coffees and turkey sausage breakfast sandwiches is apparently strong enough that there were lines out the door through yesterday. It probably won't be so bad when there's one on practically every corner.

Line's how long at new San Diego Dunkin' Donuts? [U-T San Diego]

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