Trouble for Dunkin Donuts at 14th and U St, NW

14th and U Street, NW

A reader reports:

“This order was filed in the DC district court May 5 (see below for full PDF). Seems the Dunkin’ Donuts at 14th and U is at risk of losing its franchise for allegedly not paying franchise fees. My question/concern is: if Dunkin’ terminated the franchise agreement last month, but the place is still open, where on earth are the owners currently getting their donuts from?!”

Dunkin Donuts lawsuit (PDF)

Plaintiff Dunkin’ Donuts Franchising, LLC (“Dunkin’ Donuts”) brings this action against 14th Street Eatery, Inc., Mohammad Hoque, and Yasmin Parveen (collectively, the “Defendants”) for breach of contract and trademark infringement. Dunkin’ Donuts alleges that Defendants failed to pay franchise and other fees, and as a result Dunkin’ Donuts terminated the franchise agreement between the parties. Despite this termination, Defendants continue to operate an eatery holding itself out as a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise, thereby infringing Dunkin’ Donuts’ trademarks and violating the terms of a covenant not to compete. Before the Court is Dunkin’ Donuts’ motion for a preliminary injunction, which Defendants have failed to oppose. Upon consideration of the uncontested motion, the entire record, and for the following reasons, the motion is granted.

For the foregoing reasons, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction is granted. Defendants are enjoined during the pendency of this matter from using Dunkin’ Donuts’ trademarks or operating a competing business within a five mile radius of the former franchise. Within 30 days, Defendants must file with the court a report in writing under oath setting forth in detail the manner and form in which the defendant has complied with the injunction.

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  • It would be nice to have a place that sells decent donuts rather than a Dunkin (or KK).

  • Ted’s B is right down the street, although they never make enough.

  • dcdon

    Zombie donuts are AMAZING!!!!

  • Not that I am that excited for it, but what the heck is going on with the Dunkin Donuts in Park Place in Petworth? The space is STILL vacant. Between the Dunkin Donuts, a Subway, Cricket and a 7-Eleven in Park Place; it may be up for worst retail in a building in DC.

    • I can’t understand why the Park Place Dunkin Donuts isn’t open yet – I think they put up the “coming soon” signs up in November? I actually saw some movement in there the other day, but I was across Georgia Ave. so I’m not sure what they were actually doing. It did look like they had cut the Baskin Robbins logo out of the “coming soon” sign though, so I assume that means it will just be a Dunkin Donuts?

      • west_egg

        Indeed, there has been some movement in there recently — I saw some workers looking at drawings the other day and they’ve demolished the wall between the corner space and its neighbor. At this point I’d say we’re maybe two months out.

      • No Baskin Robbins? That’s even MORE disappointing. Petworth has no ice cream shop. I just don’t get this neighborhood. For this, I blame Donnatelli.

      • There are crates on crates of LED light bulbs stacked up inside there now that weren’t there a week or two ago.

    • I moved to Petworth 6 years ago. There was a sign in the window of that space that said, “Coffeeshop coming soon.” It stayed there for a few years before they gave up the ruse and took it down. The space had the same ladder and wheelbarrow in it, unmoved, for nearly 5 years. I think it was a ploy to get prospective residents to move into the building, under the impression that there would soon be something good downstairs.

      Also, how is Park Place allowed to have signs up that say “brand new apartments?” The building is coming up on, what, 6-7 years old?

  • At the risk of sounding unpopular, I’m a big fan of Dunkin. Good, fast, and cheap breakfast/coffee. However, there is something about Dunkins in DC that really puts me off. This one is sketch, but the one at Florida/Rhode Island is always a crapshoot. They never have most items and there always seem to be vagrants begging for change on the line and harassing the staff there. The one at Eastern Market isn’t much better, either.

    • The FL/RI Dunkin has decent coffee, but I do wish it was a full DD and not kiosk-esque.

    • The Woodley Park one is nice on Sunday mornings. Although I did walk in there once (not on a Sunday morning) and have to wait several minutes (and make a bunch of noise) for an employee to emerge from the back.

    • Anonynon

      Columbia Heights one isn’t bad, I cracked up onetime when a customer was getting ice-cream at 10am on a sunday 🙂

  • Dear Reader,

    I’m sure they are still getting their donuts from Dunkin… Given I”m sure the donuts are also made by a contractor, that contractor has no idea this location hasn’t paid their franchise fees.

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