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Dunkin Donuts Proposal Worries Main Street Diner

The Main Street Diner is so small, only the regulars know where it is. Sure it's on Main Street, but it's at the sleepy end near Rogers Park. But the sleepy end is getting a face lift.

The Rogers Park end of Main Street is getting a face lift, and that has Melania Torres, owner of the Main Street Diner, a little worried.

Torres has built a strong customer base for the last 13 years offering American classics, like fries, hamburgers, eggs, and home fries. The menu also offers Mexican favorites, like carnitas and tacos.

The Main Street face lift adds a new medical practice at 2 Main St. now under construction. That's two doors down from the Main Street Diner, and that could mean more customers for the diner.

The bad news is the building between the diner and medical office is slated for demolition to be replaced by a Dunkin Donuts Cafe. That is competition for the diner.

"I don't know if it's going to be good or bad," Torres said. "There's going to be a lot of crazy traffic with a Dunkin Donuts next door. It's hard enough now turning up Main Street."

Danbury Land Use Attorney Neil Marcus, who represents Dunkin Donuts owner Ed Batista, said the cafe is a new Dunkin Donuts concept with comfortable seating and a welcoming atmosphere.

Marcus said the Planning Commission is reviewing the development, which involves forging an "L" shaped building lot by combining one apartment house on South Street with the Brazillian bakery building. Both buildings will be demolished to make way for the Dunkin Donuts Cafe on the L-shaped parcel. The commission planned a public hearing Wednesday night on this proposal.

Ken February 07, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Isn't there already a DD on South St. which would be less than 1/4 mi away?
PJ February 07, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I'm all for fast food but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH with Dunkin Donuts! How many does this city need? How greedy is this franchise owner? Where the heck is our Zoning Department? Doing their usual lousy job it seems. This is a congested traffic area as it is...school, baseball fields, drug store, etc. Mayor Boughton, do we REALLY need yet another Dunkin Donuts? Can you please, just one time, stand up and grow a spine and stop this madness? Just this one time?
PJ February 07, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Obviously this franchisee wants one on every corner! On Mill Plain he has two across the street from each other(and they BOTH give slow service).....
stephany February 08, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Learn from the DD traffic on mill plain with two across the st from each other. some mornings its a nightmare with cars going left when they should only go right and cars shooting across traffic to get to the other side. there are accidents
Susan February 08, 2013 at 02:51 AM
First, I never knew there was a diner on this street. So much for making it noticeable to increase business.As Ken stated we do have a DD around the corner from this diner. It is obvious DD didn't do their market research very well. Secondly, I don't know what these people should be worrying about. Are they afraid of competition? DD doesn't make cheeseburgers, fries, Mexican food etc. The Torres have nothing to fear.
Mark Langlois (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Susan and PJ and Ken, yes, there is a DD less than a quarter mile away. It is the same owner. It is possible he will close the old one, but it is one of his first shops and he has an emotional attachment for it. The new one is a cafe concept store, different from an average DD.
PJ February 08, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Mark: ENOUGH of Dunkin Donuts! Whether he has one across the street or not is NOT the case. He has them ALL OVER DANBURY! That corner has ENOUGH traffic. It does NOT need another of his restuarants, new concept or not. Bottom line is it's another dunkin donuts...it's more traffic at a high traffic corner...WHY MAKE THINGS EVEN WORSE there?
Pie February 08, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Main St diner is a gem. Melanie provides a mix of American and authentic Mexican food. Good Stuff! As for the new venture I believe it to be a mistake. The only way I can see it working is to enter and exit from South ST with no access from Main ST. Imagine vehicles turning North on Main from South ST and immediately attempting to turn left across three lanes of traffic into the site. This would be incredibly dangerous and traffic would bottle kneck at the intersection of Main and South causing a nightmare. The intersection has high foot traffic of children from Rogers Park and South St schools and that is an accident waiting to happen. Ther is nothing wrong with a Dunkin Donuts on Main St as long as it makes sense and is safe.
recourses February 08, 2013 at 03:35 PM
The Dunkin on South St should be closed if this happens. The drive through and access is a nightmare. And this part of Main St does need a facelift. I would welcome a Starbucks before another Dunkin tho
Nancy February 09, 2013 at 12:34 PM
How about someone builds an affordable fitness center instead. It would be the perfect spot where the old A and P was.
Debbie Grewer February 09, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Doesn't he OWN enough DD around the area....how many more can we have, or should I say can he make money off of?? According to my count he has 9 in Danbury, who knows how many he owns elsewhere...Leave a small little business owner alone, you money hungry fool. You have a DD right around the corner that causes enough traffic congestion as it is!!!
FriendlyCritic February 09, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Yes, the perfect spot for an affordable fitness center is right next to an affordable fitness center! Genius!
Nancy February 09, 2013 at 04:39 PM
@friendlycritic, if you're referring to the War, I meant a new, modern gym like 24 hr fitness or even a Planet Fitness. Snap on Main st has impossible parking and NYSC on Mill Plain is ridiculously expensive for being completely outdated. I'm not a huge advocate of chains, but at least having a cheap option that people aren't afraid to go to would force NYSC to lower their prices. Main st probably isn't the best spot though anyway. I'm just shocked no one has opened another big gym in Danbury. It would be a goldmine.
marshall roth February 09, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Planet Fitness is great! $10 a month!

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