Dunkin' Donuts

The fate of has six south Louisiana Dunkin Donuts is unclear as the chain lays plans to close up to 800 underperforming U.S. stores this year as it tries to shore up its portfolio in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dunkin’ Donuts locations on Bluebonnet and Florida boulevards have closed, but the chain said it hopes to once again open Baton Rouge restaurants.

Officials with the chain said the locations at 9837 Bluebonnet and 8121 Florida were shut down this week. The closings come about six months after the Dunkin’ Donuts at 2698 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. shut down.

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Dunkin’ Donuts re-entered the Baton Rouge market in 2013 after an absence of about 20 years. In 2015, Vik Patel, a Florida franchisee purchased the three local Dunkin’ Donuts location. Last year, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced he was teaming up with Patel to open 69 new Dunkin’ Donuts stores across Louisiana. Patel’s Purple Square Management website said he owns five Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Louisiana: Chalmette, Kenner, Harvey and Terrytown and a location coming soon to Gonzales.

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