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Downtown LA’s First Dunkin Donuts Opens at 8th/Olive

The new Dunkin' Donuts at 8th and Olive is now open helping to activate this once dreary corner

You probably smelled the subtle aroma of sweet donuts and coffee today if you were standing on the corner of 8th and Olive in Downtown LA. That’s because DTLA’s very first Dunkin’ Donuts (sometimes referred to as just “Dunkin” or “DD”) had its grand opening today opening its doors bright and early at 5 am with an outdoor ribbon cutting ceremony held at 9:30 am. Throughout the day, hundreds of people — most of them office workers and residents who live and work downtown — streamed into the new Dunkin’ happily carrying out boxes of donuts and cups of coffee.

The new Dunkin Donuts has already done wonders at brightening up and activating this once dreary corner. The shiny new 2,000 square foot store replaces what was once a pretty shabby women’s “vintage” clothing shop, and since DTLA Rising announced their arrival back in October 2015, the three-story historic edifice that houses DD called the “Hotel Olive,” which is known by locals to have a problem with illicit drug activity, has had its facade cleaned up and painted with new bright cheerful orange and brown DD colors. It’s little improvements like these spread throughout downtown that will help clean up and make our streets safer and more vibrant. To see what the Hotel Olive used to look like, click here.

Ubiquitous on the East Coast, Dunkin’ Donuts has been opening more locations on the West Coast lately. They are known for their coffee and donuts as well as their breakfast menu served all day. And here’s a little known fact.¬†Apparently the reason why DD’s coffee is so good lies in every store’s required expensive water filtration system that includes an EverPure high efficiency reverse osmosis filter that gives that water the “secret” pure taste!

Dunkin’ will be open every day from 5 am to 11 pm. Hours may likely be extended (could become 24 hours if demand is there) once the Freehand Hotel opens next year.

Dunkin' Donuts opened its first DTLA location this morning at 8th and Olive

Dunkin’ Donuts opened its first DTLA location this morning at 8th and Olive

Hundreds of people streamed into the new DD store throughout the grand opening day

Hundreds of people streamed into the new DD store throughout the grand opening day

Gotta get those yummy Dunkin' Donuts

Gotta get those yummy Dunkin’ Donuts

Happy customers carried out Dunkin' Donuts boxes all day

Happy customers carried out Dunkin’ Donuts boxes all day

You can also buy Dunkin' coffee for home brewing

You can also buy Dunkin’ coffee for home brewing

In addition to coffee and donuts, breakfast is served all day

In addition to coffee and donuts, breakfast is served all day

And here’s the secret to that great tasting coffee…

An $8000 water filtration system helps make DD coffee taste great

An $8000 water filtration system helps make DD coffee taste great

3 Comments

  1. Borded with DTLA says

    dtla deserves better than dunkin. no more chains please except for Shake Shack :)

  2. Andrew W. says

    Not a fan of DD, but I can certainly appreciate the activation of street life on this once desolate corner of DTLA.

  3. Brandon Burkhart says

    As someone who ejoyed DD way back in the ’90s in Texas and NYC, I can assure you their coffee earned its excellent reputation decades before anyone had ever heard of a reverse osmosis filtration system. It’s all about the beans.

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