In 2007, when a Dunkin Donuts moved a few doors down from the Donut Pub on 14th Street, some of the Pub's customers were worried that it would spell doom for the 43-year-old mom and pop. Well, those worries are over--the interloping Dunkie's has closed, and the Pub (now 46) still stands.
I'm not sure when, exactly, this store closed, but it has vanished without even a tearful note goodbye. As we recently learned, Dunkin Donuts is the biggest chain in New York City, with "77 more stores than Subway and 210 more than Starbucks." It is undeniably a force to be reckoned with. Is it too much to say that the little Donut Pub defeated this seemingly unstoppable Goliath?
How did the Pub do it? I'd like to think it has to do with loyal customers, people like Josephine Motto who told The Villager in 2007 that, after trying a free sample from Dunkin Donuts, “I got sick on them... [The Donut Pub’s] doughnuts are much better.”
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