The Dunkin' Donuts located at 951 Bennington St. in East Boston will be closed while the owners take on a $550,000 renovation project, the East Boston Times reported.
When the coffee shop reopens, it will have a new facade and stonework, greenspace and outdoor seating, "attractive lighting," an expanded interior dining area, and a drive-thru lane. The Eastie Times article doesn't give a timeline for the project but notes the Dunks will remain closed throughout.
The drive-thru was actually nixed by the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council 18-6 over traffic concerns, but the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals overrode the local opinion, according to the Times. Plans show a new entrance point into the Dunks' existing parking lot will be added for the drive-thru, and that cars exiting the lane will only be able to turn right onto Bennington Street.
There are two other Dunkin Donuts restaurants within 1 mile of the Bennington Street location, in Revere and in Winthrop. There are at least 50 Dunks within 5 miles of the temporarily-shuttered outpost.