A video of rodents in an East Boston Dunkin’ led to its closure. Now the company is suing the franchisee.

Dunkin' has reportedly ended its franchise agreement with the owners.

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Video surfacing of rodents skittering across the floor of an East Boston Dunkin’ appears to be just the beginning of problems for the ill-fated restaurant. Now the company is suing the franchisee who runs it.

The Dunkin’ at 13-15 Maverick Sq. was closed earlier this week — after first closing last Tuesday — and the company severed its franchise agreement last week with Gary J. D’Alelio, Ralph F. D’Alelio, Michele Lawlor, and RMG Donuts LLC, according to The Boston Globe. The company’s lawsuit accuses the franchisee of “flagrantly violating Dunkin’s operational standards relating to health, food safety, and sanitation at their former Dunkin’ shop” and continuing “to operate the shop using the Dunkin’ system and Dunkin’s Marks without having any right or license to do so.”

After the video surfaced and gained traction on social media, city officials inspected the restaurant and issued multiple violations. An inspection from back in June also found roaches in the shop.


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