Monday, September 10, 2012

Downtown Silver Spring Becomes Last Place on Earth to get a Dunkin' Donuts

It's rather surprising that a downtown commercial area like Silver Spring has gone without a proper donut shop for so long. For many years there was the Montgomery Donuts on Wayne, but sadly that whole chain went kaput when the roof of its Rockville bakery collapsed about a decade ago. (And I do not consider the Montgomery Donuts sold in Virginia, of all places, to be authentic.) For whatever reason, Krispy Kreme never opened here back when they were expanding like mad, and though we did have the Fractured Prune for like three days, come on, that place was a joke.

Now, finally, Dunkin' Donuts has begun work on a store in the Silver Spring Metro Plaza building located next to the Metro station and across from our lovely unfinished transit center. (Twitter user @TheNuwanda has posted a photo of the recently-installed Dunkin' Donuts signage.) This has been in the works for awhile, Dunkin' Donuts having signed a development deal back in 2008 that would bring a location here to Silver Spring.

So yeah, they may kill you slowly, but hey, donuts!



37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cue the NOVA troll saying everyone will get fatter

Anonymous said...

No one will ever beat Montgomery Donuts! Dunkin Donuts cannot even compare....they are actually a discrase to the donut community, but its like the only chain left.

You buy a fresh donut from them and it still tastes like its been around for days and stale! Yuk!! There has to be a better chain that can make a great donut like Montgomery donuts used to....hey....someone tell them to sell the rights!

I dare anyone to compare....no one would ever go to Dunkin donuts if they ever tasted Montgomery donuts before. I really miss Montgomery donuts!

Anonymous said...

Woo hoo! Definite opening date set for the Transit Center!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/maryland-politics/post/silver-spring-transit-center-wont-open-for-a-while-county-official-says/2012/09/10/77fb1190-fb89-11e1-8adc-499661afe377_blog.html?hpid=z6

Hah. Of course I was just kidding! I think the best we can hope for now is that some day our grandchildren will see it to completion. Kind of like that Crazy Horse statute in South Dakota.

Debbie Cook said...

Yeah! - I'm more excited about the coffee than the donuts. Finally decent Dunkin Donuts COFFEE in Downtown. For me, it beats Starbucks & Caribou any day.

Jerry A. McCoy said...

The birthplace of Montgomery Donuts on Georgia Avenue will be commemorated by a Silver Spring Heritage Trail sign in 2013.

Anonymous said...

The WaPo article says that the transit center will not open for a couple more months. But the Examiner paints a more grim picture: apparently, repairs on the structure will not begin until next spring at the earliest because they don't want to be pouring concrete in the winter:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/transit-center-opening-date-unclear-as-study-continues/article/2507595#.UE8zBq7iW3t

Patrick Thornton said...

Typically, you don't pour concrete in the winter, although sometimes you pour foundations because it's a little warmer below surface level.

The concrete could be poured for a few months still, but no resolution has been reached on remediation. Pouring concrete in January or February is usually not done. March is probably the earliest.

At this point, the transit center not being done is a fact of life. It's kind of like this derelict structure from a dystopian movie. Maybe they should skip trying to fix it, let ivy and moss grow all over it and give it over to the yearly zombie walk. The rest of the year, it can function as a dysfunctional urban park.

Frankly, I don't have faith that this is opening anytime soon. 2013 may be pushing it.

Patrick Thornton said...

This is welcome news. I hope the Dunkin' Donuts is open later than the Starbucks and Einstein Bagels on that side of the street. There aren't a lot of late night coffee hangouts in DTSS and the ones we do have are always overcrowded due to a lack of supply.

Anonymous said...

Anyone want to wager that no one will get fired for the Transit Center disaster?

Anonymous said...

I don't care whether Foulger-Pratt or the concrete subcontractor fire anyone. I care that FP accepts whatever the 3rd party engineer says needs to be done to properly remedy the botched pour. If FP fights it and this ends up in court for years....

Anonymous said...

Not about the donuts. Coffee = better & cheaper. For anyone who's lived in New England, it's painful to see the only options here tend to be Starbucks and maybe the random Caribou. (Not that those are bad, but they certainly aren't as wallet friendly, and many people think DD's coffee is better.)

Anonymous said...

DD coffee may be better, but they serve it in styrofoam cups. Sytrofoam contains BPA, which is particularly harmful when subjected to heat (like hot coffee). So if like DD but care about your health, bring your reusable mugs.

Anonymous said...

Dunkin Donuts? Meh. Where I'm from that's the bottom of the barrel in terms of coffee and donut places. Put in a good mom and pop shop at that location and I'd be much happier…especially if it sold kolaches!

Anonymous said...

i always find it funny when someone mentions bpa...lead or some other toxin in their food. It doesnt matter that what you eat has 3 days worth of fat, 9 days worth of cholestorol and 6 days worth of sugar...but heaven help us!!!! it has lead!!! ya dont like the bpa? dont go there!

me? when I eat out (which is a lot) i know what I'm getting myself in to and i deserve whatever I get. so long as it is dipped in some kind of buffalo sauce

but kudos to DTSS for bringing dunkin. now only if we can get a 5 guys or a real burger place down here. maybe z burger....but apparently they only open on locations that start with "wisconsin ave"

Anonymous said...

z-burger? Over Stage Burger, Quarry House, or Rays? No thanks. Columbia Heights can keep its chain crap.

Anonymous said...

Also no thanks on more mediocre burger joints...seriously, wtf? Have you even tried the Hell Burger (served at Rays the Classics) or a Quarry House burger? Some of the best in the area already here...

Anonymous said...

if z burger is anything like z pizza: no thanks.

I am with the anon on the hilarity of the toxin crowd. Get a life.

Anonymous said...

*shurg*, I was a kid when Montgomery Donut left, but I don't remember them being anything special. That being said, I much prefer KrispyKreme. As for the coffee, never liked it much either. I think Caribou has the best coffee for a chain.

Anonymous said...

Ray's? Quarry? Best Burgers??? I bet you also think Papa Johns is good pizza too.

They are FAAARRR from the best burgers. I will say they are ok. but just that ok burgers. 5 guys and z burger are FAR better burgers.

and annon 8:20...z burger is NOTHING like z pizza.

Sligo said...

I kinda like BGR myself.

Anonymous said...

The arrival of Dunkin Donuts in Silver Spring will be commemorated by a heritage trail historical marker in the spring of 2049. Tix on sale soon.

Anonymous said...

"5 guys and z burger are FAR better burgers"

Than QH and Rays? LOL. Thanks for the laugh. I also love that all the rest of us must think Papa John's is really good pizza when it's YOU who likes cheap, junk, chain burgers.

Anonymous said...

Rays has good burgers. I'm highly critical of the food and everything in silver spring but Rays is legit good burgers. Rays Hell Burgers is known all over the area (its main location is in NOVA). LOL@comparing it to Papa John.

Beyond that yes, most restaurants in Silver Spring are overrated.

Quarrys has decent burgers that are surprisingly good for the kind of place it is (its disgusting so there shouldnt even be anything edible in there).

Stage burger the jury is still out on.

I like five guys but it is SO HYPED UP and overrated.

Anonymous said...

quarry house is full of hipster douchebags and pretentious pbr swilling idiots.

but it has good food. burgers are quite good as are scotch selection and beer selection.

too bad you gotta sit around lookin at hipster goofballs while you eat but no way can you compare those burgers to the swill at z burger. get real.

Isayaah Parker said...

How did we go from DUNKIN DONUTS to debates about burgers??? I've never had a burger from quarry house but I never can keep an appetite in there with all the claustrophobia I'm forced to experience. You pretty much have hipster balls and vagina in your beer mug when you go there. I digress. The transit center will never be complete and a dunkin donuts is way overdue. Seems like an obvious establishment to put in silver spring. But I'm not exactly going to be standing in line at the grand opening. Do people really go out of their way for donuts? I will for a good bagel but not a donut. They have better donuts at GIANT than they do at DD. Seriously, like someone said earlier, they taste stale and dry no matter how "Fresh" they are. The breakfast sandwiches have given me food poisoning. The coffee is meh. I too hate the styrofoam cups but don't care about toxins. I am SHOCKED that a five guys hasn't come to downtown, But Rays, has a better burger. but who wants to pay Rays prices to sit at a bar for a burger or feel bad about getting ketchup on a white folded cloth napkin? There needs to be more fast service burger places. Who wants to have some Zipcar driving, green energy loving girl's tampon string slap you in the nostrils while eating a burger at quarry house while becoming deaf from the loud music?

Anonymous said...

Isayaah never fails to deliver!

Anonymous said...

New cook at Piratz! Everyone check it out.

Anonymous said...

Um, unless they somehow convinced Ferran Adria to come on board, I think I'll still pass, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Piratz needs to be shut down and the owners arrested/ shot

Anonymous said...

i think you mean they need to walk the plank..ha!

Anonymous said...

Where is this Dunkin Donuts going? I looked for it as I walked by and didn't see any signs where I thought it would be.

Lee said...

It is the space next door to the H&R Block, right along Colesville after you leave the Metro Station. It is across the street from the never-ending concrete monstrosity.

Mr. Wang said...

The only thing more exciting than DD is the new H&M store that only appears so far to be creating a larger and larger hole in the building until the movie theaters collapse down into it.

Anonymous said...

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/19568523/passenger-attacked-on-metro-train

Anonymous said...

I walked by there this morning, it looks like it's almost done. Plus they're hiring. I call 2 weeks before they open.

MsCt said...

I am SOOOOOO excited about the Dunkin Donuts opening near the metro. Being from New England, going to work without getting coffee from Dunkin in the mornings for the past two years has been...depressing. I feel the light at the end of the tunnel and can't wait to go back to my medium light and sweet routine. WOO HOO!!!!!

Manny Wood said...

My God..you are so right !!! Dunkin donuts is horrible. As you said they come out of the oven and they taste like they have been sitting for a week! I honestly dont know how they stay in business! They are disgusting and I dont know how they can call them donuts. Then they have the nerve to charge 7.50 for a dozen. Yuk.....Id rather go without. I would love to see a taste test and see what people really thing of dunkin. The ONLY reason people buy them because it is the only chain left other than krispy cream.....but they have very few stores. I dont know what happened to Montgomery donuts ( the real story) but I would GLADLY Put one up right next door to a Dunkin donuts and put them out of business....where is the Montgomery donuts owner now and where are the franchises? Come on back Montgomery!!!