More than six decades after opening its first outlet, the international doughnut and coffee giant, Dunkin’ Donuts, opened up its doors in Bangalore last week, after Mumbai and Delhi.
As far as opening days are concerned, the response was tremendous. The queue, at one point, was over 630 winding people long!
That’s a line long enough to stretch all the way from the outlet to the Deccan Herald office on MG road
said Dunkin’ Donuts India President and COO, Dev Amritesh. Incidentally, people had started camping as early as 7:30 pm, the previous night!
But, what made it really special was the location itself. Dunkin’ Donuts is located at the very spot where two of old Bangalore’s iconic landmarks - The Only Place and The Regent Guesthouse - once stood. Celebrated Bangalore artist, Paul Fernandes did the artwork on the walls depicting Bangalore of the yore. There’s no better way to connect with the locals!
The Very Very Blueberry Donut
The menu consisted of a huge assortment of colourful doughnuts (duh!), burgers and sandwiches apart from a variety of snacks and beverages. Every one of the dishes looked inviting. So we dug in!
The Death by Chocolate donut
We had the Tough Guy burger and instantly decided that we wanted it for breakfast today, tomorrow, and everyday for the rest of the week! The Alive by Chocolate shell donut is a personal favourite. There were a few interesting India themed beverages on the menu too - like the Spiked Iced Tea!
Dunkin’ Donuts, multi-cultural as it is, has always had a strong Indian connect. Many Dunkin’ Donut outlets in the US are operated by Indians. Dev said,
In the Chicago area, the Patel community own a lot of the franchisees there. So, the brand has always been popular even before we opened up in India. A lot of people have come up to me and said that they had worked at a Dunkin’ Donut outlet in the US or that they owned one there and wanted to explore franchisee opportunities here. There’s definitely a strong connection there.
A customer poses with the Chocolate Eclair.
The place was filled with mostly twenty somethings and college goers in their teens. Dev elaborated.
Our core target audience is what you see here. Young singles. And also the 35-40 year olds, once they leave their kids at home and want to head out, they see Dunkin’ Donuts as a natural choice. The primary reason being it’s adult QSR place (Quick Service Restaurant) which is probably one of its kind in the non-alcoholic beverage space. The existing QSRs are too simple and designed keeping families and kids in mind - not attractive enough for adults, while most coffee shops are too formal and serious in their setting with interviews and business meetings.
Well, regardless of whether we fit in their TA, we are definitely going to come back as soon as humanly possible for more of those absolutely delectable donuts!
With another 9 outlets planned to be opened in the city over the next year, there’s even more reason to cheer.
Tens of thousands of fans thronged the Bangalore Comic Con, standing in endless lines, waiting to get into the spectacularly setup White Orchid Convention Center last weekend. It was a celebration of pop culturedom on such a massive scale, that as quoted previously in our interview with Comic Con founder, Jatin, “there’s no bigger or better marketed event” Bangalore has seen. And in the coming years, it could as easily be termed the Kumbh Mela of Bangalore!
There were also people in spellbinding attire portraying their favorite fictional characters (aka Cosplay) being their awesome selves over 3 insane days! Others had a sense of wonderment in their faces - perhaps going back to their childhood days.
If we had to capture all of it, concisely, we would put it thus:
Epic. Mind-blowing. Jaw-dropping. Awesomeness.
Here’s all the mayhem from the spectacle that was the Bangalore Comic Con 2014!
Hulk Sunglass Pouch at Dash of Bling
Cute Minion Card Holder at Arcilla
Minion Stationery Box at Arcilla
Superhero Framed poster at Keep Chilling
Superhero Pajamas at Below the Belt
Anime / Manga inspired Sneakers at F-Gali
Smart Ass iPhone 5S Cover at Funatic stall (by Chimp brand)
Dan Parent - Archie Comics Artist at the Comic Con Bangalore
Star Wars Booth at the Comic Con. Episode VII is set for a December 2015 release
Quirky Message T-Shirts at Sheepstop
Smurfs Wall Hanging at Art Beat
Noted artist and illustrator Sameer Hazari’s creation
Kung Fu master Chu Tiya Coasters at Abhijeet Kini Merch
Official Game merchandise at Beyond The Game
Bold Crop Tops at Binfikr
That’s a Kickass poster at Can of Juice
Bai-cycle t-shirt at Chimp
Batman Keychain at The Celebrity Store
Clay Dolls at Moksha Shots
Coasters at Moksha Shots
Charcoal Drawing at Kraayonz
The Koramangala restaurant Dice and Dine selling popular board games
Folk Art badge at Lat Lakar
Mobile phone covers at Daily Objects
Even the food stalls sported the comic theme!
The Guests and panelists
Peter Kuper at the Bangalore Comic Con
Rob Denbleyker of the popular web comic strip Cyanide and Happiness
The Cosplay Segment
Bangalore has always seen the best cosplayers in the country in their favorite geek-centric characters. From moustache twirling supervillains to broad-faced, strong-jawed superheroes and many popular japanese anime characters, it was absolute fun. Here’s to them!
Check our facebook page for more photos over the next two days.
The Bangalore Comic Con 2014 is the biggest congregation of people at a single place yet. And it’s only getting bigger every time. Until next year…
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