Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh Invests in Pascal Rigo’s Coffee Chain La Boulangerie

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh Invests in Pascal Rigo’s Coffee Chain La Boulangerie

The owners of the Denver-based fast casual restaurant Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh have announced that they have invested in the Cafe bakery chain La Boulangerie, founded by the renowned French baker Pascal Rigo.

The French-themed cafe serves sandwiches, pastries, bread, and coffee in the San Francisco area. 

The coffee chain, formerly known as Pine Street bakery, became so popular that it got on the coffee giant, Starbucks radar. In 2012, Rigo sold the company to Starbucks. But, the coffee chain then closed the chain three years later.

Rigo, disappointed that his concept was shut down, reopened it under the new name La Boulangerie. Now Rigo, along with James Park and Nicolas Bernadi, both co-owners of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and Michael Staenberg, a St. Louis-based real estate pioneer turned restaurateur, will be working together to grow the cafe concept and Garbanzo into new markets.

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Dunkin' Donuts Unveils a New Look to Rival Starbucks

Dunkin' Donuts Unveils a New Look to Rival Starbucks

The coffee chain, Dunkin’ Donuts rolled out a new store prototype in Quincy, Massachusetts last month that has a more modern design, along with a new focus on innovative technology.

The 2,200 square foot store features a drive-thru exclusively for mobile orders for DD Perks® members, which makes Dunkin’ the first brand to offer this form of convenience. 

DD is also jumping on the cold brew bandwagon with a new innovative tap system that can serve up to eight cold beverages, like the chain’s nitro infused cold brew coffee.

“The launch of our next generation concept store marks one of the most important moments in Dunkin’ Donuts’ growth as an on-the-go, beverage-led brand,” said Dave Hoffmann, President of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada in a press release. “We have worked closely with our franchisee community to create a positive, energetic atmosphere for our guests that remains true to our heritage, while emphasizing and enhancing the unparalleled convenience, digital innovation and restaurant excellence that distinguishes Dunkin’. We are thrilled to begin the New Year with such an exciting milestone for our brand, and look forward to rolling out Dunkin’ Donuts’ store of the future to our guests in all of our communities.”

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Dunkin' Donuts Downgrade Could Have Been Caused By McCafe's Recent Success

Dunkin' Donuts Downgrade Could Have Been Caused By McCafe's Recent Success

McDonald’s recent success with McCafe’s $2 menu items may be the reason why Dunkin’ Donuts was recently downgraded by a financial firm from a price target of $55.00 to $52.00.

According to “Business Insider,” Jeremy Scott, a Mizuho analyst, published a report explaining why the Dunkin’ brand was downgraded.

“We expect [McCafe] coffee products will be featured prominently in each pricing layer of its upcoming national value plan,” Scott’s report read, according to “Business Insider.”

The upcoming national value plan would be replacing the “dollar menu” the company retired in 2014. This new plan will include items priced between the $1 and $3 price points, in hopes to attract bargain shoppers

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Will Dunkin' Drop the “Donuts” to Compete with Starbucks?

Will Dunkin' Drop the “Donuts” to Compete with Starbucks?

The beloved New England coffee chain, Dunkin' Donuts, is testing out a name change. Instead of being “Dunkin' Donuts,” the brand may soon just be known as “Dunkin'.”

It looks like the brand is trying to distance itself from being known as a place to just get doughnuts. 

Is this because these delicious fried ring-shaped pieces of dough don’t fit the healthy lifestyle of of today’s consumer? 

Back in the 1980s, Dunkin' made the memorable line, “Time to make the donuts” famous. Doughnuts were a popular breakfast item. 

Fast forward to today, doughnuts now have an unhealthy negative connotation. Although innovative concepts like The Salty Donut, Stan’s Donuts and VooDoo Doughnuts are thriving in their markets offering high-quality doughnut masterpieces at a much higher price-point than Dunkin', these concepts are being visited by foodies as a treat. Most aren’t visiting these concepts on a daily basis. 

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