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Owner to close Harvard Square Dunkin' featured in famous 'Good Will Hunting' 'How do you like them apples' scene

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  September 20, 2013 12:10 PM

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The Harvard Square Dunkin’ Donuts shop that was featured in a famous scene from “Good Will Hunting” will close next week, according to the franchisee.

The shop at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Bow Street was where Matt Damon’s character in the movie delivered the famous line: “How do you like them apples?”

In an emailed statement, the shop’s franchisee, David Carvalho, said the location, which has a formal address of 1 Bow St., will close on Thursday, Sept. 26.

“We are in the process of looking for a new location," he said. "All crew members will be transferred to three other Dunkin' Donuts stores in Harvard Square located at 65 JFK St., 61 Church St. and inside of the Harvard Square MBTA train station."

Dunkin’ Donuts has shared the Bow Street property with several companies since it first opened there in 1971, according to the Harvard Crimson student newspaper, which first reported news of the shop’s plans to close. The shop closed for renovations in 2000 and then reopened three years later as a Dunkin’ Donuts-Baskin Robbins shop, the Crimson said. Their newer spot moved a couple doors down from its original location seen in the movie. The exact spot filmed in the movie is now part of the Grafton Street Pub and Grille.

In the 1997 film, Damon’s character, MIT janitor Will Hunting, and a Harvard University students engage in a battle of wits at a Harvard Square bar as they each try to impress a woman, Skylar, who also attends Harvard.

The woman ends up giving her phone number to Damon’s character, who finds the other man sitting inside the Dunkin’ Donuts shop.

From the sidewalk outside the shop, Damon’s character bangs on the shop window to get the attention of the man on the other side of the glass.

He asks: “Do you like apples?”

The man hesitates and then replies: “Yea.”

Damon’s character then slams the bar napkin with the woman’s number written on it up against the shop window.

“Well I got her number,” he says. “How do you like them apples?”

 
Andrew Ba Tran/Boston.com Staff
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