Dunkin’, 2749 Columbus St., Ottawa, closed this week as workers prepare to open a new location down the street.
The new location will be a duo of Dunkin’ and Baskin Robbins. The goal is to reopen by Thursday.
The donut and ice cream shop has a drive-thru and seating area. Residents have complained on social media that the former Dunkin’ parking lot is too narrow and lacks direct access to the parking lot. Fans had to use the entrance to the Kroger in the Dunkin’ parking lot.
The founder of Baskin Robbins is a Streater native. Burt Baskin is a 1931 graduate of Streator High School. His family ran a clothing store in the city. He eventually moved to California and married the sister of another ice cream chain founder, Irv Robbins. In the year In 1945, the duo combined their two ice cream shops to offer 31 flavors for each day of the month.
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