Dunkin’ Donuts is paring down its menu at some of its New England locations.
A company spokeswoman confirmed the chain next month will remove some menu items from a number of its markets, including Bristol County and Providence.
Items that could get the axe include all afternoon sandwiches, honey bran raisin and reduced-fat muffins, and an assortment of bagels, including garlic, blueberry, onion, salt, and whole wheat. Drinks that include flavor shots, smoothies, danish, cookies, brownies, and “bagel twists” could also be eliminated.
The intent, said company spokeswoman Michelle King in a statement, is to streamline the menu and “enhance speed of service and in-store operations.”
“We have conducted extensive consumer research and our customers have told us that our menu was too complex and confusing,” she said in the statement.
She said there will be no changes to any menus at Dunkin’ locations “in the Boston market.”
There are more than 1,100 Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Massachusetts and more than 8,900 locations nationwide.
The simplified menu-testing will start in the Providence area on Aug. 7, according to King. By the end of October, Dunkin’ Donuts is looking to have simplified menus at 1,000 locations, King said.
Not everyone is welcoming the news.
One Facebook post that showed menu items that would be dropped from a Dunkin’ location in Somerset went viral. It’s been shared more than 2,800 times in five days.
“Pretty much everything I order from Dunkin’ is getting taken off the menu,” said Lyndsay DiManno , the 25-year-old Somerset cook whose Facebook post viral, in a phone interview Wednesday. “I was upset about it.”
When it comes to hot takes about Dunkin’ Donuts, DiManno is far from alone.
Earlier this month, a person who complained about the chain using hot cups to insulate iced coffees ignited an online commenting war.
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