Time to make the donuts in Washington Square?
Reliable sources tell us that Dunkin’ Donuts is returning to Washington Square. I wish it weren’t so. Do you recall years ago when Dunkin’ Donuts had a Washington Square location? Parking, trash and traffic were all problems; sometimes big problems. This time it will be worse.
It’s not just the parking, traffic and litter. Washington Square has become one of those “best of” neighborhood shopping areas; the kind of community setting where you know the store owners and most of them have just one location. Washington Square has just enough parking and people who live and work here keep the area clean and livable.
The business owners of Washington Square live in Brookline or a nearby town and there is a mutual appreciation between store owners and their customers. Sure, we have a Starbucks, but in this Starbucks, like other small community Starbucks everyone seems to know each other and many of the baristas that are there today have been there for years. We even have our own locally owned, single location coffee shop called Café Fixe with an owner who is on site every day. And before you call me an elitist, answer this question honestly: Do you see more Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts branded trash on the sidewalks and streets?
It’s our market economy that made Washington Square what it is today. Washington Square is filled with local store fronts and not too many chains, outdoor café’s with dining alfresco and sidewalks that invite neighbors to walk their dogs and stop and chat.
Maybe we should be pleased that our neighborhood is “important” enough to get our own Dunkin’ Donuts. Count me out. To me, it’s a big disappointment and a loss for the neighborhood. Now if they could bring back “Fred the Baker” (Time to make the donuts actor) then maybe I could deal with it.