High-tech Dunkin' shop opens in Fort Worth with coffee drinks on tap
UPDATE 8-12-2022: The Next Generation Dunkin' at 7367 N. Beach St. is hosting a grand opening celebration on August 13. At 5 am, the restaurant will surprise the first 100 guests in the drive-thru line with free-coffee-for-a-year coupon books. From 9-11 am, the celebration will also include Dunkin'-branded giveaways, an appearance by Dunkin's mascot Cuppy, music, and more.
A new location of Dunkin', the New England coffee and doughnut chain, will open in Fort Worth with lots of new bells and whistles.
Located at 7367 N. Beach St., in a former urgent care medical clinic, the shop will be one of the chain's Next Generation models, with digital kiosks where you can order and pay using a credit card or a Dunkin' gift card. A release notes that the kiosks create an "efficient, accurate, more convenient, and frictionless experience" for customers. "Frictionless," as in, you won't have to deal with staff.
According to a spokesperson, the shop will open mid-summer.
Dunkin' began modernizing its store experience in 2018, when it first introduced the Next Generation format, featuring an open design with a front-facing bakery case that allows customers to more easily look at the doughnuts. At older stores, their doughnuts are on racks behind the cash register and it can really be a challenge and very awkward to figure out what they are and what to order.
There are now more than 1,000 Next Gen stores out of a total of 9,000 stores, and 13 stores across Dallas-Fort Worth, including Love Field Airport; a Next Gen store opened in McKinney in 2019. As the Next Gen stores have evolved, so have their features, with some stores offering Grab & Go bottled beverages and snacks.
Beyond the warm interior color palette and atmospheric lighting, the new Fort Worth location will feature a drive-thru, complimentary Wi-Fi, and best of all, an innovative tap system with all of their cold coffee drinks lined up, just like beer taps.
Let us list some of the exciting elements of the Fort Worth Next Gen location in our favorite bullet format:
- Digital kiosks. Note: There is also a traditional order counter, if you are seeking an experience with friction.
- Premium Pours. Dunkin’s signature cold beverages are poured through an innovative tap system, serving cold sips such as iced coffee, iced tea, Cold Brew, and Nitro-Infused Cold Brew (a Next Gen exclusive).
- Espresso-based drinks. Crew members also use top-quality, flavor-maximizing espresso machines to make handcrafted drinks to order.
- On-the-Go drive-thru lane. DDPerks members who order ahead via Dunkin's Mobile App bypass the ordering lane and can head straight into the line for the pickup window.
The store is also a DD Green Achievement restaurant, saving 25 percent more energy compared to a standard Dunkin'.