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New Dunkin... Donuts Opens Today; Subway For Lobdell Delayed

By Angeline Wang

After two weeks of construction, Dunkin’ Donuts is set to open today at 11 a.m. on the first floor of the Student Center. It fills a space formally occupied by Alpine Bagel. Cambridge Grill will also reopen in the same space with a modified menu, according to Director of Campus Dining Richard D. Berlin III.

The location will serve the full Dunkin’ Donuts menu, including six combo meals, breakfast sandwiches, donuts and pastries, bagels, smoothies, and various coffee drinks, Operations Director Lorna Simmons said. The prices are the same as any other Dunkin’ Donuts store, according to Simmons.

The Cambridge Grill menu was changed to increase service speed, Simmons said. “Students should notice a much faster turnaround time.”

The Grill will continue to serve hand-tossed pizzas, burgers, and chicken sandwiches, and new menu items are being added, such as three kinds of pressed sandwiches that are similar to paninis, Simmons said.

The opening of Dunkin’ Donuts was delayed a few days — the space was intended to be open on Saturday, Berlin said — because of city code changes made since the last time the space was renovated. The Cambridge Zoning Commission signed off on the construction yesterday afternoon.

“We’ve opened up the space more and have redone the decor a bit, with new tables and upholstery,” Berlin said.

Dunkin’ Donuts will not be a 24/7 operation, contrary to plans originally announced in February. Instead, the vendor will open at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends and will close at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Simmons said. The Cambridge Grill will have the same closing hours but will open at 11 a.m. each day.

Subway plans stalled

According to Berlin, the plans to bring Subway into Lobdell Food Court on the second floor of the Student Center are waiting on legal requirements that need to be resolved. Berlin said that he should know by next week whether Subway will be coming to Lobdell.

As for the other open space in Lobdell, Berlin said he is hoping to get feedback from the community and the campus dining board on what vendor to bring in.

“I really want to look to the community for feedback to see what that space should be,” Berlin said.