Dunkin’ announced it is unveiling its first-ever drive-thru only restaurant in Chattanooga at 3334 Broad St. this coming Tuesday. Starting at 5 a.m., the store will offer free coffee and donuts for a year (subject to rules) to the first 20 guests in the drive-thru lane. The store will continue the celebration by offering guests a 99-cent Medium Hot or Iced Coffee (subject to rules) all week until Saturday, Nov. 21.
At 5 a.m., Dunkin’ franchise network Bluemont Group LLC will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new store’s official opening. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, at 8:30 a.m. Bluemont Group will host a check presentation to donate $2,000 to the Chattanooga Area Foodbank.
The Chattanooga Area Foodbank will also receive an additional $10,000 grant that stems from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s national funding that has been executed during the COVID-19 pandemic, including $1 million in emergency hunger relief grants and $500 thousand in annual health and hunger relief grants.
As the first drive-thru only restaurant in the state of Tennessee, this store is designed to offer customers a quick and seamless experience. Guests can also order ahead and pay via the Dunkin’ app for a contactless, grab-and-go experience.
Officials said, "Other elements of the new restaurant include:
• Faster than Ever Drive-thru Experience: An exclusive On-the-Go drive-thru lane lets DD Perks members who order ahead via Dunkin’s Mobile App bypass the ordering lane and head straight into the line for the pickup window. Dunkin’ is the first national restaurant brand to offer this type of drive-thru innovation and convenience to make guests’ Dunkin’ runs hassle- free.
• Increased Energy Efficiency: The new Dunkin’ is a DD Green Achievement restaurant, which is designed to save 25 percent more energy compared to a standard Dunkin’ restaurant.
• Premium Pours: Dunkin’s signature cold beverages are now available through an innovative tap system serving eight consistently cold beverages such as coffees, iced teas, cold brew coffee and nitro infused cold brew coffee. Crew members will also use top-quality flavor- maximizing espresso machines to make hand-crafted drinks to order."
The 900 square-foot drive-thru only restaurant employs approximately 23 crew members and is open Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.