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History of Dunkin Donuts

William Rosenberg founded Industrial Luncheon Services in 1946 as a company to deliver meals and “coffee break snacks” to customers in the outer reaches of Boston, Massachusetts.

His business saw success and followed by opening up his first coffee and donut shop called, “The Open Kettle”. In 1950 he opened the first store known as “Dunkin’ Donuts”, which is still standing today at 543 Southern Artery in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Today, Dunkin’ Donuts and its other quick-service brands – Togo’s and Baskin Robbins – were owned and operated by Allied Domecq. Allied Domecq has since been bought out by Pernod Ricard for its Spirits and Wine division, breaking off the quick service brand to create Dunkin’ Brands, the current owner of Dunkin’ Donuts.

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