Aloha State residents and visitors are seeing some new franchises come their way. Lovers of fried dough in all its forms will rejoice at the news of Dunkin' Donuts' return to the Islands. And, a California-based taco chain is set to open its first branch in Hawaii.
On July 26 the first of more than a dozen new Dunkin' Donuts slated for Hawaii opened in Honolulu to long lines.
The Massachusetts-based coffee and donuts chain has signed a "multi-store development agreement" with Aloha Petroleum, with plans for 15 restaurants on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island. The chain did have franchises on the islands previously, but the last one closed more than a decade ago.
Aloha Petroleum has announced that the next Dunkin' Donuts locations slated for opening will be at University of Hawaii at Manoa and Kapolei Commons.
Additionally, a less-established chain is making its debut in Hawaii. Chronic Tacos is opening more than 20 new branches in 2017, including one on Oahu. The first Chronic Taco restaurant in the state will be located in a shopping plaza on Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu. By the end of 2017 the chain expects to have more than 50 locations in the U.S. and Canada, with more on the way in 2018.
"Chronic Tacos is in full momentum, and we don't see that slowing down anytime soon," Michael Mohammed, CEO and president of Chronic Tacos, said in a statement. "The past year has proven that 'The Taco Life' resonates all across North America and we're looking forward to continuing our planned growth into 2018."