CHESHIRE — The town’s fourth Dunkin’ Donuts location, and second with a drive-thru, opened this week in the former Naugatuck Bank building on Highland Avenue.
Owned and operated by Batista Companies, the restaurant, at 1699 Highland Ave., will look to attract commuters from town heading north to the Interstate 691 interchange, said Wayne D’Amico, a real estate broker who handled the deal.
“It’s just kind of been customer demand,” D’Amico said. “Coffee is about the go to work flow of people.”
The location is the 22 opened by Batista Companies, led by Michael Batista. His career started when his father, Alberto, bought his first Dunkin’ Donuts in 1979 in downtown Meriden.
“My dad passed away a few years ago, but we keep his memory alive in everything we do,” Batista said during a MidState Chamber of Commerce award ceremony in 2015. “One of the things he taught me is it’s really about people.”
The company owns all four Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Cheshire, as well as restaurants in Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Portland, East Hampton and Cromwell. The only other Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-thru in Cheshire is located in the Big Y plaza on the south end of town.
The new location takes the place of Naugatuck Bank, which also had a drive-thru window. D’Amico said it took about a year to finalize the deal after working with the town on zoning regulations. Batista Companies is leasing the location from Fazzone Investments and Properties LLC.
Economic Development Coordinator Jerry Sitko called the new restaurant “a very positive development.”
“Obviously there’s not much of a restaurant offering up in the north end of Cheshire,” he said. “This is a step in the right direction.”
Sitko said the Planning and Zoning Commission amended regulations to allow for the new Dunkin’ Donuts “and perhaps a few other” potential restaurants.