East Boston bakery moving to Saugus; current home could become a Dunkin' Donuts

Michael Cucchiello reports his 70-year-old bakery, which sells everything from pastries to pan pizza at 356 Bennington St. in Day Square, is moving to Cogliano Plaza on Lincoln Avenue.

Cucchiello had to start looking for a new home earlier this year when his landlord told him the building would become a Dunkin' Donuts.

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What a bummer.

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What a bummer.

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what does boston

have to do with what company this private citizen/company does business with? the owner of the building should hamstring himself because: why?

the business has to move to saugus. unfortunate perhaps. maybe the neighborhood loses some character. it is what it is. the inexorable march.

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I mean

There's a freshly renovated Dunkin, with a drive thru, 2 mins down the road in one direction, and the Maverick and Central Sq. Dunks are 2 mins away in the other direction. This is also an extremely high traffic area, with virtually no parking. A Dunkin here is going to be a mess, and bad for the neighborhood.

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bad for the neighborhood

i suppose the neighborhood will decide that. they will either support the business with their money or they won't. if they do, the dunks will stay. i 100% side with the landlord & business here. imo the city does not exist to decide which places people can or cant get their pastries at.

if the traffic is going to increase SO much because of the dunkin donuts, PERHAPS, just MAYBE, you have your answer as to why the other bakery is moving.

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The neighborhood

has been very vocally opposed to this. This isn't breaking news, and has been discussed (by the owner) in the Eastie Facebook groups for months now. Also not reported: Dunkin allegedly bought the building themselves, we're not talking about some random small-time landlord here.

And traffic through the area isn't going to increase because of Dunkin. This is right at the 1A on/offramp that serves Bennington St. and leads to/is fed by both tunnels. It's also a major thoroughfare for residents to get across Eastie and to get to the 1A North onramp. The traffic is already there. The bigger issues will be routing, parking, etc. This isn't a heavy foot traffic area compared to other locations in EB, and most of the clientele will be in cars. If you speak to anyone who has driven through those intersections, or take a ride through it yourself and imagine people trying to get to that Dunkin, you'd get it.

I'm not trying to be a dick, but I'm going to assume you know nothing about the day to day of this area, the amount of traffic is sees, and how the traffic patterns already effect it.

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Excel

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My suspicion is that a big chunk of the clientele for the new Dunkin Donuts will be the kids from the Excel Academy Charter High School almost directly across the street. I also think it will be a hangout for locals, especially seniors, who live in the immediate vicinity, as is the Dunkin Donuts in Orient Heights. There are lots of people nearby on Chelsea Street, Bremen Street, Saratoga Street, etc who will immediately congregate there.

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i didnt even look at the address

if i'm being honest. because to me it is moot. one business is being replaced by another that essentially does the same thing. sorry, i don't think the neighborhood should be able to decide what- now it seems- a property owner does with his own commercially zoned/mix use property, in this regard.

for better or worse (i think we can all agree it is often both) the city and world are changing. i would rather 'root for the little guy' too but i'm not going to sacrifice my beliefs to prevent somebody from running the legal business they want.

which is what it boils down to, to me. there are certainly things in my neighborhood i don't like and that i find very, very inconvenient. they're all (mostly) legal. when it becomes too much I suppose I will buy a house somewhere else that fits my needs better at that time.

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Well there used to be a dunks

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Well there used to be a dunks a block away that shut down probably due to low sales

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Where?

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Where was the Dunks a block away?

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It's called a "drive-thru"

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if the traffic is going to increase SO much because of the dunkin donuts, PERHAPS, just MAYBE, you have your answer as to why the other bakery is moving.

Are you new here, or do you never drive anywhere? I can't imagine any other reasons why someone would have missed the famous Dunkin' Donuts Left, as performed by drivers who see that sign and must make that turn, regardless of oncoming traffic, pedestrians, or whether they'll end up sticking their hind end out into the street. Add a Dunks, and if it's got a drive-thru or even just a parking lot, you get hazardous driving, period.

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I don't think

A drive thru would work at that location. Unless they bought a surrounding building or two as well, it seems physically impossible. And quite frankly, that'd probably make things even worse.

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There was major opposition to

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There was major opposition to the drive thru at the DnD up the street by Rite Aid. I'm not sure that they would be approved to have it if they applied, though, because the original property isn't that large.

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That intersection already

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That intersection already confuses people with the lane dropping off to go to the library and the bus stop on the corner. I've never been inside the store, but I would prefer it and the older men hanging outside of it in the lawn chairs than ANOTHER DnD

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cancer

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unfortunate perhaps. it is what it is. the inexorable march.

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Love their Danish!

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And their donuts are the closest thing to the donuts from the late, lamented Betty Ann Bakery in East Boston. Although those were one of a kind. Those of us who grew up in East Boston referred to Betty Ann simply as "the bakery". I don't know how old I was before I finally realized it even had a name. They never even had a sign in the early days.

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Italian population is

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Italian population is dwindling in Eastie. So are the shopping malls. Pretty soon there'll just be be dollar stores, nail salons, check cashing spots, a barbershops, Dunkin' Donuts, public housing, and luxury housing with nearby swanky places to eat and drink after the 9-5.

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East Boston is becoming South

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East Boston is becoming South Boston - nothing original and nothing how it once was. Just kinda sad but I'll take it since I own a home and the money is through the roof! Lol but still sucks that nothing is family oriented like it once was.

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Great, now I have to have

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Great, now I have to have Santarpio's. Best pizza in town!

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Actually, East Boston is becoming Allston

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A rapid influx of hipsters, students and Millennials has overtaken East Boston. But these populations are notoriously transient and I doubt they plan on staying once their current business is over.

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dd sucks

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please no more DD they really do suck. the people who work there suck and don't care. I can't handle another dunkins

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Torn on this

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I live directly in this neighborhood, and do not drive. Until very recently, there has been no where to go and grab a cup of coffee, especially iced, without having to walk more than a half mile or longer. It may sound like a small inconvenience, but its annoying enough for me that I was happy when I heard this Dunks rumor awhile back.But then, my prayers were answered when a small cafe that sells really good coffee and sandwiches opened. I hope it does well, and I will bring my business there, even if/when Dunkins opens. I like the area, and I like going to local businesses, but I will say that it can be inconvenient to live here. Maverick and Orient Heights are farther than one might think, especially when its hot out. Banks, grocery stores, drug stores, coffee... not always that accessible. I wish there could be a balance.

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