Local Dunkin’ Donuts Owner Decides He Can Be Cool With BBQ Place Selling Breakfast Tacos Nearby

Though from the consumer perspective having more choices is always a good thing, businesses don’t particularly like it when competitors move in on what they see as their turf. So went the ballad of a local Dunkin’ Donuts and its BBQ restaurant neighbor, where the two businesses found themselves at odds over who was allowed to serve breakfast in the shopping center.

The trouble in one Texas town started when the BBQ place started selling breakfast tacos to capitalize on that morning crowd, reports KHOU-11, after the owner felt like it was time to expand the menu.

But he says he soon found out the Dunkin’ Donuts across the way had a beef with his breakfast business. He went on social media to tell folks that the shop had told him to stop selling breakfast food, saying they had “powerful people on their side.”

“We’re not looking for a fight,” the BBQ owner said. “We’re not going to start a fight. But we’re not going to be pushed around either.”

Dunkin’ Donuts corporate caught wind of the situation and urged the two to be good neighbors in a statement this week:

“We are aware that a business owner who sells products in the same shopping center as a new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant has publicly expressed frustration with the local Dunkin’ franchisee. Our local franchisees are small business owners in the community as well and as such seek to be good neighbors.”

After a few days of silence, the franchisee finally spoke out with a statement of his own, agreeing to relax and be cool with the breakfast tacos.

“Upon looking into this matter more closely, I have determined there is no conflict or dispute between my business and [the BBQ restaurant],” the statement reads. “In the spirit of being a good member of the community, I wish [the owner] continued success.”

Though the BBQ owner is a bit bummed that everything had to go down the way it did after he’d been one of Dunkin’ Donuts supporters, he’s ready to get back to the business of selling food.

“We’re not trying to hurt anybody’s business,” he told KHOU-11. “We’re just trying to give our customers what they want and that’s the bottom line.”

Dunkin’ Donuts has beef with local BBQ restaurant [KHOU-11]

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