Update: The franchise-led delivery service described below has been ended, Dunkin’ Brands says. Our story here.
Sure, it’s hard to walk 10 steps without bumping into a Dunkin’ Donuts in the Boston area. But now you can get your Dunkin’ by delivery.
So far, the service is only available only to those ordering from Downtown Boston, Back Bay, Cambridge, and Somerville. If that’s you, you can get your doughnuts, coffee, and other favorites delivered by using online delivery site Foodler. Orders are delivered by a company called Dashed, which strikes deals with restaurants that don’t have their own delivery services and then hauls food from those restaurants for Foodler.
A catch: The service requires a minimum order of $20 and carries a $6.99 delivery fee, meaning it targets group orders. As a result, corporate orders have made up most of the early action, Dashed CEO Phil Dumontet said.
Dumontet says orders originate at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Somerville’s Davis Square. That restaurant is one of several in a franchise group that has locations across Greater Boston. Dumontet is hopeful that more locations will serve as delivery centers moving forward, allowing it to grow its offerings throughout the region. For now, Dumontet said, Dashed is only interested in working with that one franchise group.
The service launched softly on Monday.