The original Dunkin' Donuts in Quincy has been remade a la 1950, the year the store first opened and the franchise was born. The Globe reports that this will be the only throwback Dunkies of the 9,000+ locations in the U.S. and notes that the chain is following similar moves by McDonald's and Denny's, who have both given their restaurants the cozy feel that they had back when gas cost eighteen cents and African Americans couldn't vote. The Herald's Fork Lift says the opening was celebrated with local high school bands performing their fight song. For better or for worse, some things about the shop haven't changed: according to a 65 year old local who visited the original Dunkin' Donuts in his youth, "the coffee tastes the same."
Little known fact: the store first opened as Open Kettle in 1948. Other little known fact: whale ships leaving from Boston harbor used an open kettle to fry donuts in rendering whale fat. Now that would make for an interesting retro donut shop.
· Dunkin’ Donuts brews up a bash at its original Quincy shop [Fork Lift]
· Original Dunkin’ Donuts in Quincy goes retro [Globe]
· Mealtime on a whaling ship [Echo Space]