Dunkin' Brands, owner of the coffee and donuts empire, is being bought by Inspire for a staggering $11.3 billion, both companies announced late Friday night. Inspire, owner of Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings, appears to be eating up the competition after also taking over SONIC Drive-In and Jimmy John's restaurants. Dunkin' Brands, which is headquartered in Canton and was founded in Quincy in 1950, also owns the Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain, along with coffee shops on just about ever major corner in Boston. "Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins are category leaders with more than 70 years of rich heritage, and together they are two of the most iconic restaurant brands in the world," said Paul Brown, co-founder and chief executive officer of Inspire Brands. "By joining Inspire, these brands will add complementary guest experiences and occasions to our current portfolio."
Dunkin' Brands, parent company to homegrown Dunkin' and the Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain has confirmed it's in talks to be taken over in a blockbuster deal that would reportedly bring it private. The company said in a statement that it, "confirms that it has held preliminary discussions to be acquired by Inspire Brands. There is no certainty that any agreement will be reached." Dunkin' said it would have no further comment unless the deal is struck, or terminated. The news of a possible merger was first reported by the New York Times Sunday night.
An employee at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York City is accused of denying service to two NYPD officers, saying "I don't serve cops," according to the New York Post. Detectives' Endowment Association President Michael Palladino is calling the discrimination "disgraceful," saying Thursday that it should not go unattended, the Post reports. In reaction to the incident, Palladino is calling for a boycott of the chain. "I assume it is an isolated incident. Nevertheless, Dunkin' Donuts corporate should issue an apology to the NYPD and until that happens, I have asked detectives and their families to refrain from patronizing the stores," he said.
Dunkin' Donuts suggested Saturday that the "layout" of one of its Brooklyn shops actually is to blame for the rude treatment a pair of NYPD cops experienced there. Dunkin' Brands spokeswoman Michelle King continued to apologize for last Sunday's incident, when the cops were refused service at a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins on Atlantic Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant -- insisting the company has "a long history of supporting the NYPD." King said the store's configuration "put both the crew members and two officers in a difficult situation because it was not clear where to order," adding there are two registers, but only one is routinely staffed. "The franchisee has informed us that he has made temporary adjustments to the store signage to be followed by a more permanent solution to avoid situations like this in the future," King said. Law enforcement sources told the Post that the two cops with the 73rd Precinct's detective squad who went into the store to buy ice cream -- simply were ignored by a clerk.