Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board
What: Meeting to review Dunkin’ Donuts proposal to open on Thompson Bridge Road
When: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13
Where: Municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway
It’s been rumored for some time that a Dunkin’ Donuts would pop up on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville, and that speculation might soon come to fruition.
The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will review a proposal when it meets Oct. 13 for the famous donut maker to open in the former Yonah Burger standalone building at 1191 Thompson Bridge across from the shopping center anchored by Publix.
Many residents thought a Dunkin’ Donuts might emerge in the Stan’s Biscuit Shop and Deli close by, or on the corner of Thompson Bridge and Virginia Circle adjacent to Roper Park.
But those plans never materialized, and with the closing of Yonah Burger over the summer, a location close to downtown became available. Another location is already operating at the corner of Browns Bridge Road and Queen City Parkway.
A public hearing is required since Dunkin’ Donuts intends to operate with a drive-thru window.
Access to the location will remain unchanged if the proposal is approved. Hours of operation are listed as 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The existing 2,500-square-foot building will be remodeled to accompany the Dunkin’ Donuts, but no demolition or major structural changes are expected.
According to city staff reports, minimal food preparation will take place on site, and the restaurant does not require vents or exhaust fans.
The planning board will make its recommendation to the City Council, which then has the final say.